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    Wikipedia to shut down for 24 hours on Wednesday in SOPA protest

    Shortie861 Jan 16, 2012

    1. Shortie861

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      Wikipedia will be taken offline for 24 hours this Wednesday in protest at the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

      Jimmy Wales, founder of the web encyclopaedia, previously threatened to suspend the service indefinitely in the US if the controversial bill is passed.

      The English version of Wikipedia will now go down for 24 hours across the world on January 18 from Midnight EST (5am in the UK).

      "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa," he posted on Twitter.

      Wikipedia will be replaced by a page displaying contact details for local members of Congress, which Wales hopes "will melt phone systems in Washington".

      SOPA aims to help service providers tackle websites deemed to be in violation of copyright infringement. Opponents of the bill warn that it could be harmful to the internet as a whole, bringing repercussions for legitimate websites.

      A similar bill called the Protect IP Act (PIPA) was approved by a Senate committee last year and is scheduled to go before the full Senate on January 24.

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

      Universal, Warner Bros, Viacom, ESPN, ABC, Major League Baseball and the National Football League are among SOPA's key supporters. Marvel Entertainment and its parent company Disney are also in favour.

      Facebook, Google, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay are in opposition.

      The US government issued a statement this weekend condemning anti-piracy legislation that includes the "risk of online censorship of lawful activity". It is thought that the Obama administration will reject SOPA in its current form.

      Earlier today, Rupert Murdoch criticised the White House for its stance, claiming that "Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery".

      Source: Digital Spy
       
    2. Naiwen

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      Wow, that's some serious regulations, eh? Totally threw me off balance.
       
    3. RJH

      RJH Getting There

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      Seems I lot a of big sites are doing it, me it does not overally concern me.
       
    4. Elseb

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      I use Wikipedia everyday, i'll have to remember it's not working on wednesday!!
       
    5. Demon_skeith

      Demon_skeith Chataholic

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      that's stupid, what is shutting down going to do? Help out SOPA when it starts to shut down websites? :p
       
    6. Marc

      Marc Crazy Dave FTW!

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      Basically this image explains it :

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      Check out WikiPedia ( English ) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
      It just tells the viewers so that they can see the harm, ;)
       
    7. RJH

      RJH Getting There

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      I can agree with these doing it but rolled my eyes at all the poxey small time forums doing it, their owners thinking that their little corner of the web being closed will make all the difference :p
       
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      yeah, that is pretty funny.
       
    9. RJH

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      Seems on other sites they don't agree.
       
    10. Smokey

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      Well SOPA has been killed off...at least for now.
       
    11. Ikram45

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      They did the right thing and now you see SOPA has been dropped off. Props to Wikipedia! :)
       
    12. zararina

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      Yes when I tried to access wikipedia the other day, it was all about SOPA. ;)
      Nice that they are making such action to show their protest again that bill. Lots of people are against that SOPA and it should never passed or approved.
       
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      Sounds like a good plan, but I doubt it will really help it pass or not pass. Although, I really hope it doesn't pass. It seems like a good idea to get rid of piracy, but a terrible way to do so.
       
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      SOPA has already been dropped or rather delayed ;)
       
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      Yes I heard this the other day :) I would say it is a good thing it being dropped or delayed however I can not see it stopping them to be honest, they will find another way around doing what they want to do if they really that eager to do it.
       
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      I'm hearing stuff about another bill like this called ACTA.
       
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      I heard they have already blocked or removed major file sharing sites :) Have a look here


      Shienko Box - 100% working china / korea will not join the SOPA / PIPA
      ShareX BR - group UOL / BOL / iG say they will join the SOPA / PIPA
       
    18. Shortie861

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      Wow, that is alot of sites. Quite shocking to see this to be honest and I feel if many of those do get closed down there will be alot of backlash.
       
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      that is a long list of websites...

      somebody said nothing will stop them...

      True.

      this was just one step in the closing of a Internet censorship chapter.

      Inform others.