English Wikipedia Global Black Out in Protest Against SOPA

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I am a big Wikipedia user myself. I count on this website a lot whenever I’m in need of information. This afternoon (around 4: O’clock) while updating my other blog, I came across of this banner fixed at the top part of their site.
Four hours later in attempt to look for the meaning of a certain word again from the same site, I saw this…
The event prompted me to search for the keyword SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act a.k.a. H.R. 3261) instead. This issue has been stirring the web since the dawn of its introduction to the United States House of Representatives in the later part of October last year.

The bill, if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. [SOURCE]

I browsed for the subject further and found out that more and more popular websites are on black out too in the same protest.

Other than Wikipedia, the following popular companies also have voiced out their opposition against the matter: AOL, eBay, Facebook. Google, Mozilla, Open DNS, PayPal, Twitter, Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Wikimedia and Zynga Game Network. Along with the large percentage of Internet users, these companies think SOPA is a kind of an Internet Death Penalty.

16 Response to "English Wikipedia Global Black Out in Protest Against SOPA"

  1. yeah, in my opinion, we should support or be in thier side because it is hard when you dont have total freedom in the web

    kay says:

    I support it. Information should be shared.

    I am one with Wikipedia to go against SOPA and PIPA...I admire Wikipedia's effort to stop these acts,,,

    Marms says:

    There is no need of another bill to stop piracy. They should focus on implementing the laws against crimes offline.

    John says:

    This is crazy! Why on earth would they won't allow information to be passed on to others for free? These people behind this SOPA probably has something to get in exchange of blocking informative sites such as WIKI.

    chrisair says:

    I am also against on the said bill because only giants will benefited with it

    Noel says:

    I agree... Information should be shared. not to keep.....information sharing is all about the web...

    Violy says:

    I am also anti piracy and other issues that they sighted. I understand the reason behind this SOPA and PIPA there's just so many gray areas. This will be a long debate hopefully the lawmakers can scrutinize this issue very well and look at the whole picture before implementation.

    lets support the protest! lahat n lng pinagbawal nila.. tsk tsk

    ralph says:

    why the net? if their problem is hacking, then they should do something about it. their cutting the whole tree when the problem is just the branch. Yahweh bless.

    It's just for a day so you can get back to your info-hogging. :)

    To the advocates and proponents of SOPA, for them is business is business. And business should be protected. Personal properties, inventions have intellectual rights and they should be protected. No more freebies, everything should be purchased to transfer ownership of the acquired "property." And that's business! Yes, SOPA is unwanted. Many will be affected... Hope this will not be carried. So be it!

    julie says:

    Piracy is a big big no. But it doesn't mean that they need to resort to this kind of bill. It will affect the whole web industry as well as the other businesses running online.

    Juan Pak says:

    i just hope the government would listen to these big companies in the internet.. the internet will never be the same if these bills are passed

    Faust says:

    goodbye sopa but how about pipa?

    Tita Beng says:

    Let's all pray that they can find the best solution to anti-piracy without affecting the netizens freedom to get free information.

    Btw, I have an award to share with you Nance! Please get it here. http://www.beng-gee.com/2012/01/999-unique-blog-award.html

    Thanks and take care!

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