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January 12, 2012 9:56 PM Subscribe
SOPA/Corporate Advocacy Queation: Reddit is voluntarily going to go offline for half of a day to protest SOPA. Following this, there have been calls for Google, Facebook and other opponents of the proposed law to do the same. Would it be legal for these companies to do this?
posted by graphnerd to law & government (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know that YANAL, but the calls for companies to black themselves out in protest has made me curious. Would doing so be the legal equivalent of spending money (or its equivalent in lost revenue) spent on lobbying or advocacy against a law?
If so, is it legal for a corporation to use its (public-facing) resources to advocate a position on proposed bills?
I am guessing that this would be similar to the First Amendment right of newspapers to publish editorials, but it also seems like it could be comparable to, say, GM adding anti-environmental messages in its manuals or commercials. Could they do that?
hopefully clear: I'm not asking about whether these companies ought to black themselves out, just if they legally could