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Wikipedia blacks out to protest SOPA

Legislation could ‘fatally damage’ the free Internet, online encyclopedia says


 

In a sign of protest against two proposed Internet anti-piracy bills, online encyclopedia Wikipedia has pledged to make its English-language site inaccessible for 24 hours, starting at 5 a.m. E.T. on Wednesday. Users, however, quickly discovered a way to circumvent the blackout, the Los Angeles Times reports. The move is intended to draw awareness to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect-IP Act, currently before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate respectively, which Wikipedia says would make it and other websites legally responsible for monitoring the copyright compliance of content on other sites to which they link. Many other sites have joined or are supporting the blackout. Google, for example, remains operational, but has posted a link to more information about SOPA and PIPA. Major Internet companies including Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Yahoo! said in an open letter last month the legislation would give the U.S. government censorship powers “similar to those used by China, Malaysia and Iran.”

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Wikipedia blacks out to protest SOPA

  1. Why is the conservative congress so hell bent on regulating the internet when it comes to copyrights and so called intelectual property. If the so called conservative congress is so very concerned about excessive regulation of business than they ought to revamp the entire patent and tradmark system to make it harder for the holders of these patents and trademarke to sue for violations. Everybody pays for the legation one way or another. Many businesses are seriously harmed by having to defend themselves against lawsuits brought by all the holders of these unreasonable patents and trademarks. Consumers are forced to pay much higher prices for the patented and trademarked services and products than would otherwise be the case. I believe these guys are in the pockets of the crony capitalists. Senator Orrin Hatch is one of the worst culprits on this issue. If he had his way their would be no internet because just about everything anybody did on the internet would be a violation of someones copyright or someones intellectual property rights. I would like to say one other thing about Senator Orrin Hatch. Mr Hatch please don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg.

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