Wikipedia founder sets 24-hour site "blackout" to protest proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation

Associated Press (AP), via NYDailyNews.com, reports that Wikipedia "will black out its English-language site for 24 hours to seek support against proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation." Set to happen on Wednesday midnight, Eastern Time (that means sometime around noon on Thursday, January 18, Philippine time).

Associated Press  (AP), via NYDailyNews.com, reports that Wikipedia "will black out its English-language site for 24 hours to seek support against proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation." Set to happen on Wednesday midnight, Eastern Time (that means sometime around noon on Thursday, January 18, Philippine time).

 

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and the rest of the company are against the proposed "controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)." Wales feels that the said laws "threaten the future of the Internet."

 

According to the report, the SOPA and PIPA are "are designed to crack down on sales of pirated U.S. products overseas." The report explained: "Critics say the legislation could hurt the technology industry and infringe on free-speech rights. Among their concerns are provisions that would weaken cyber-security for companies and hinder domain access rights."

 

The report added: "The most controversial provision is in the House bill, which would have enabled federal authorities to ’blacklist’ sites that are alleged to distribute pirated content. That would essentially cut off portions of the Internet to all U.S. users. But congressional leaders appear to be backing off this provision."

 

Aside from Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay, AOL are also fighting the SOPA and PIPA.

 

For more on this story, read the AP report posted on NYDailyNews.com.

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