January 17, 2012

Wikipedia to Go Dark on Wednesday to Protest Bills on Web Piracy

THE WAVE of online protests against two Congressional bills that aim to curtail copyright violations on the Internet is gathering momentum.

Wikipedia is the latest Web site to decide to shut on Wednesday in protest against the 'Stop Online Piracy Act' and the 'Protect IP Act.' The bills have attracted fierce opposition from many corners of the technology industry. Opponents say several of the provisions in the legislation, including those that may force search engines and Internet service providers to block access to Web sites that offer or link to copyrighted material, would stifle innovation, enable censorship and tamper with the livelihood of businesses on the Internet.

>Read more about Wikipedia's closure in the NY Times here

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