In protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) a handful of web site, including WikiPedia will go “dark” for 24 hours , this is to send a “big message” to the US Government regarding Internet Censorship. SOPA and PIPA have been the talked-about subject lately, specially when GoDaddy express support for the bill then later withdrew it.
SOPA and PIPA are 2 bill that are meant to stop online piracy and IP theft but the problem with the bill is that if just one user posted a pirated material online, the web site and service provider (web host), will also be held liable and have their site blocked or removed from search engines and even their DNS servers address.
It looks like there’s a consensus that both the SOPA and PIPA, is more than just protecting contents online and privacy, it’s a trojan horse that will eventually be used to censor the openness and freedom of the internet. Among those who will participate in the black out protest on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, WikiPedia is one of the largest if not a high-profile site and their participation was already confirmed in a tweet by its founder Jimmy Wales.
Wikipedia will stop their operations for 24 hours to raise awareness about the two bills. Other web site also created their own black-out protest page to express their concern and disappointment with SOPA and PIPA.
Last modified: January 17, 2012