Wikipedia & Reddit Joins Anti-SOPA Protest

[Updated Jan. 18, 2012]

Wikipedia and Reddit will participate in the blackout protest in their response to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, a piece of proposed legislation that is working its way through the US Congress.

Wikipedia Blackout

Introduced in the US House of Representatives in late October, SOPA aims to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that fuel it. This piece of legislation has turned into an all-out war between media companies and tech power players.

For those who are not yet familiar about SOPA, you can check it out here:

Stop Online Piracy Act

Wikipedia SOPA Protest

Upon visiting Wikipedia’s English site, you will notice a black banner on top of the page informing visitors that “the English Wikipedia will be blacked out globally to protest SOPA and PIPA.” Here’s part of Wikimedia Foundation’s Executive Director Sue Gardner about the said protest:

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

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…

Read the whole statement on English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout.

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  1. Smith already pulled the bill! yehey!

  2. Yep, others are also withdrawing their support for SOPA.

  3. SOPA is dead ... for now. The Internet blackout and protests that ensued worked!

    SOPA and PIPA: DEAD ... For Now


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