SOPA Blackout Day...

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    SOPA Blackout Jan. 18: Wikipedia Goes Dark, Google Supports Protest; Who Else Will Join the Fray?

    Visit Wikipedia, and you won't find those extremely useful articles. Instead, a message shows up that reads:

    "Imagine a World

    Without Free Knowledge

    For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia."

    The blackout starts at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

    While many major media companies are backing the bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, the tech industry fears that the bills will bestow undue power upon media companies to shut down sites that they think are violating copyrights.

    Protesters argued that SOPA would render any Web site containing links, regardless of whether they are user-submitted, practically inoperable or liable to government take-down, Mashable reported.

    The search engine giant Google has also announced its stand for the support of the protest. Although Google won't go dark, it will put a link on its homepage on Wednesday to explain its disagreement to SOPA and its sibling PIPA.

    Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales opened up a discussion with the Wikipedia community as to whether it should protest the bills. They also held a vote that resulted in overwhelming response in favor of protesting the law.

    Who else is protesting?...
    SOPA Blackout Jan. 18: Wikipedia Goes Dark, Google Supports Protest; Who Else Will Join the Fray? - International Business Times
     
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    English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout - Wikimedia Foundation

    To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
    From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
    Date: January 16, 2012





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    Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate – that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

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    Good to see more Citizens stepping up to stop this. :clap2:
     
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    Amazing to see Rupert going ballistic about someone trying to stop another of his power grabs. His record in England shows his respect for laws and for decency.

    This is a corporate grab for the most basic of power, the ability to abridge the First Amendment. It must go down in complete defeat. Anyone standing for it in an electivie positon should either be recalled, or turned out in the next issue on just this one issue.
     

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