In protest against the two bills in US Congress: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PROTECTIP or PIPA), English Wikipedia is going on a blackout for 24 hours, beginning from January 18, Wed 10:30 IST to January 19, Thu 10:30 IST.
During blackout period, any English Wikipedia page shows a banner notice titled ‘Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge’ purposed for creating awareness about SOPA and PIPA and encourage users to speak-up on this issue with their elected representatives and via social media sites like Google+, Twitter and Facebook.
The main problem with SOPA and PIPA is, these two worrisome bills have provisions for copyright holders to take down entire websites and domains due to which, chances are that sites protecting free speech and exchange of information online like Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Reddit, Scribd, Tumblr and more could simply disappear from the web.
I support Wikipedia blackout and strongly oppose SOPA and PROTECT-IP which threatens free speech and open internet worldwide.
Come Speak-Up Now! Together we can preserve a free and open Internet.
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