SOPA Bill Internet Protests Headlined By Wikipedia

By: AP
By: AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Don't be surprised if you can't find Wikipedia today.

The online encyclopedia's English language website is down until midnight. The 24-hour blackout is to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress.

The Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act are designed to crack down on sales of pirated U.S. products overseas.

Supporters including the film and music industry say the legislation is needed to protect intellectual property and jobs.

Critics say it could hurt the technology industry and infringe on free-speech rights. Tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay, AOL and others have said it threatens the industry's livelihood.

Several online communities such as Reddit, Boing Boing and others have announced plans to go dark in protest as well.

But Wikipedia volunteer editors who disagree with the shutdown say it threatens the credibility of their work. Editor Robert Lawton says, "Before we know it, we're blacked out because we want to save the whales."

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  • by Lieberman clarifies on Jan 18, 2012 at 03:27 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    This bill needs some PR. How about "Turn off the internet and turn on the EAS"
  • by MIKE Location: CO SPGS on Jan 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    GOOD....I HATE Wikipedia anyway.
  • by Sue on Jan 18, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    This issue and the NDAA issue would get more attention if they affected beauty pageants.
  • by Mello Location: Co Springs on Jan 18, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    These bills (SOPA and PIPA) are detrimental to the functionality of the Internet. As a information security professional I am opposed to the bills as they also can cause great harm to the security of data accessed from the US. Worse they will not work. There are already laws on the books which the media companies can use to stop infringement and to prosecute individuals, even if they reside in another country. Please let our representatives know these bills should be completely scrapped.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to Mello
      The representatives are do not work for us. I don't need another form letter in response to my concerns.
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      by hmm on Jan 18, 2012 at 08:21 AM in reply to Mello
      Maybe just maybe if companies looked at their practices and how they do things they will realize they are the problem with piracy. Ubisoft with draconian drm that is getting worse and worse. Microsoft with multiple variations of their OS's, yes 32 and 64 bit is a nice choice but how many different versions of each do they need? Look at the cost of movies and music when you purchase them. A cd usually has 4-5 good songs on it the rest is garbage not to mention you bought the cd but according to the riaa you don't own it. The cost of buying a dvd when you think about it is not worth the money you pay for some overpaid untalented union actor, all the great actors and actresses are gone and the newer crop is a joke. What is not mentioned is piracy has led to increased sales in the gaming industry, the majority if they like it turn around and buy it, remember the days of game betas and demos so you could try them out? Those days are gone. Look at software their is so much open source(free) software that is just as good as payed for software, so yes that puts a dent in profits when people build quality software of donations. This all comes down to the industries screwing the consumers and crying about the backlash they receive. Piracy will live on and will never be stopped no matter how many laws you pass and frivolous lawsuits by the riaa and mpaa robbing people of their money ,it will never end, piracy will always find away around this and people need to accept it will always be around. If you make a good quality product at a fair price people will by it, you make garbage at a high price(movies,music,software) expect to have your product cracked and on a torrent site within 24 hrs. All in all this is the businesses faults for raping the public with sub par entertainment and software at a high cost.
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        by Jenn on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM in reply to hmm
        I've heard the same thing you say...if people like something enough, they'll buy it. They just want to download stuff to see if it's worth their money.
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