It was the shot heard round the entertainment world.
Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on Wednesday said his company would not sit quietly by if Washington enacted anti-piracy legislation that forced search engines to police copyright law online — such as stopping illegally streamed movies or sporting events.
If “we disagree with it, then we would still fight it,” Schmidt told reporters in London.
Within hours in Washington, the comment set off a war of words between Hollywood and Silicon Valley over the rise of websites that illegally offer copyrighted movies, TV shows and music — for free. “Google seems to think it’s above America’s laws,” the Motion Picture Association of America charged.