Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Wikipedia 24hour Blackout Today As Anti-Piracy Law Protest

Wikipedia will black out its English-language site for 24 hours in protest at proposed US anti-piracy legislation.

If passed, the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) would give content owners and the US government the power to request court orders to shut down websites associated with piracy.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the act threatens the future of the internet and has said the online encyclopedia site will be shut down from 5am GMT on Wednesday.

Visitors to the site will only be able to see information about Sopa and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa).

The information will urge Wikipedia readers to contact their local congressman to vote against the bills.

Other sites leading the campaign include and Cheezburger. "This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open Internet," Wales said in an interview.

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