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Websites go dark in protest of SOPA

Two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, are currently under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The bills aim to curb sales of pirated products overseas. Provisions in SOPA would allow authorities to pursue court orders against sites suspected of distributing pirated material. Accused offending sites could be blacklisted, removed from search engine listings and have their access to users eliminated. The backlash has been loud and broad ranging from Silicon Valley kingpins and Internet Service Providers to legal scholars and human rights groups. A group of some of the Internet’s biggest websites are protesting the bills by blacking out some or all of its sites for 12 to 24 hours. The sites argue the bills threaten a free and open Internet. Participating sites going dark include Wikipedia, Mozilla, Reddit, WordPress.org and TwitPic, a site where Twitter users share photos. Google plans to post a notice on its website as a form of protest, but won’t be going dark. Globe reporter Omar El Akkad will be following reaction and posting updates throughout the day.

  • The statement says: 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. Learn more.

    by Shane Dingman edited by Jennifer MacMillan 1/18/2012 4:10:14 PM
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