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Wikipedia Will Go Dark On Wednesday to Protest SOPA

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Yesterday, Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation owns Fox Studios, got himself pelted with angry tweets after he posted on Twitter that Google is a “piracy leader… who streams movies free, sells advts around them.” “Just nonsense,” Google told CNet’s Greg Sandoval, adding that

Last year we took down 5 million infringing Web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads … We fight pirates and counterfeiters every day.

Murdoch’s comments, as Jeff Jarvis wrote on the Guardian, are a sign that the media magnate “is against the fundamental architecture of the web and the net” because he “cannot see past old models of owning content and selling it.”

The stream of online opposition to SOPA and PIPA is itself a sign of the power of the Internet to spread information and mobilize people to action. Wikipedia’s decision to join the blackout was the result of nearly 800 Wikipedia members debating since December. The technology site BoingBoing will also be joining the blackout. WordPress, the popular blogging platform, has indicated its opposition to SOPA and PIPA and users can add a widget to their blog that will display a banner in support of the protest.

Google and Twitter have not yet indicated if they will participate in the blackout. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has dismissed Wikimedia’s plan to join the blackout as “silly,” commenting that “closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.” But SOPA’s and PIPA’s provisions extend not only to US websites, but to foreign ones; the laws would give the DOJ the power to shut down oversea sites, if they are found to offer pirated material.

Everyone agrees that online piracy is a serious problem. SOPA and PIPA do protect copyright owners, but in a way that could do serious danger to the freedom of expression that we have come to know and value on the Internet. There is a need for legislation to address online piracy, but not in the form of SOPA and PIPA. Said Wales in another Tweet,

We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table…PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message.

 

Related Care2 Coverage

SOPA Shelved Until “Consensus” Found

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Reddit Plans Anti-SOPA Blackout; Wikipedia May Join

 

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9:51AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Thank you for the update!

5:09AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

thanks for the info

7:12PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

good idea

1:41PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

who were behind these? some elite could not manipulate the world if the information is open world wide... so they planned to divert the subject... using PIRACY law proposal

1:04PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Very happy! This would be so cool if youtube twitter facebook and other websites do the blackout but, i can't live without youtube. xc

12:44PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Small correction, it should read ?banner=false at the end of the banner.

12:36PM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Denny G, Do not dispair, all is well. You are about to learn a secret, write it down, it will be called upon in the future.

Did someone tell me that I can't access Wikipedia? Just not so... follow my guide.



Thanks to the power of a Mac, we have the answer.

let's say, we are typing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act,  no good, right.



Now type in ?banner+false, it in the script, easy, no.



It should look like this, it often works across the web. Try it, you'll like it. Mikey tried it.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act?banner=false

11:10AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

We missed u a lot, Wikipedia!!!
Hi frnds, I have started a petition on similar lines - against Internet Censorship in India. Pls add ur signatures to that campaign as well. Here's the link;

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ban-internet-censorship-in-india-stop-legal-action-on-social-media-sites/

We need to work together to keep our rights open.

9:57AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

I'm not American nor do I live in the states so-unfortantely-my opinion wouldnt make a difference to your lawmakers, but I guess we all learned something this hump-day: life is kinda tough without wikipedia :/

9:53AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

Please don't cancel the internet & our freedom of speech!!!!

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