With the U.S. House Judiciary Committee scheduled to discuss the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act on Thursday, the Hollywood-backed Creative America took out ads today in two of the country's most prestigious papers.
The ad, which displays an American flag-colored keyboard, appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. The nonprofit group will also run ads tomorrow in The Hill, Roll Call, Congressional Quarterly and Politico.
Carrying the tagline "Stop Foreign Internet Criminals From Stealing Our Jobs," the ad urges members of Congress to pass both the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. In the ad, such piracy is compared with counterfeit medications and other products.
The bills' supporters say that stringent measures are needed to curb the pirating of movies, music, books and other types of content.
"Every day, internet criminals use illegal foreign websites to steal from New York companies and hardworking Americans," the ad reads.
But the same legislation that Hollywood and some large media companies are pushing has come under fire from online heavyweights such as Google, which say the new rules will severely restrict freedom on the web. The bills would let the Justice Department pressure U.S. businesses to stop dealing with non-U.S. internet companies deemed with links to piracy.
A group called Fight for the Future recently launched a site, I Work for the Internet, that encourages people who make their living online -- developers, marketers, researchers and others -- to upload their photo and show that they're opposed to SOPA.
"If Congress passes the Stop Online Piracy Act, America's most promising engine of future jobs and opportunity will be put at risk," the site reads.