Wikipedia & Reddit Plan 24-Hour Blackout to Protest U.S. Piracy Law - Businessweek

Wikipedia & Reddit Plan 24-Hour Blackout to Protest U.S. Piracy Law - Businessweek

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Reddit Gets Ready to Go Dark to Protest SOPA

(Updates with supporters of law in fourth paragraph.)

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia where users contribute and edit entries, will shut the English version of its website for 24 hours tomorrow to oppose proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation.

The move is a protest against pending legislation including the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, bill, according to a statement by Wikimedia Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the encyclopedia. The law being discussed in the U.S. is designed to combat issues including illegally copied films and TV content.

“If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States,” Wikimedia said in the statement.

The SOPA bill in the House of Representatives and a similar Senate bill are backed by the movie and music industries as a way to crack down on online content theft. Internet companies including Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. are waging a campaign against the legislation, which they say will encourage censorship of Web content and harm technology innovation.

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch called Google a “piracy leader” in a Jan. 14 post on Twitter, saying that it streams movies for free and sells advertisements around them. A day later he wrote in his Twitter account that Google is a “great company doing many exciting things. Only one complaint, and it’s important.”

Miranda Higham, a News Corp. spokeswoman, declined to comment.
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akaricke
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Back in November the government showed they could take over every radio and television broadcast with their "emergency broadcast test". It is terrible that we the people of "the land of the free and brave" are losing all our liberties while others around the world are gaining theirs.

Jefferson has some great quotes about freedom http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/TJ.html
akaricke posted Jan 18, 2012
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jasoned
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Thanks for getting this out there. I sure hope this doesn't pass. I never like to give the government this much power. We should always remember that we the people should be in charge of the government, not the other way around.
jasoned posted Jan 18, 2012
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akaricke
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Thanks for posting this information.
akaricke posted Jan 17, 2012
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baldieee09
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No doubt it will harm technology innovation
baldieee09 posted Jan 17, 2012
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austin38
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Interesting article! Hope I don't need to look anything up that day!
austin38 posted Jan 17, 2012
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blackfoot
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Saw this on the news last night. Interesting to see how this will play out
blackfoot posted Jan 17, 2012
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Acidbaby
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Honest i hope they figure something out to get rid of all the newbs who use torrents. That would be great for the piracy world.
Acidbaby posted Jan 17, 2012
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nimase85
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I already did this a few months ago but firefox has an easy way to tell your Congressional representatives how you feel about SOPA you type in you zip code and it tells you who you representatives are and a letter that you can submit (you can edit it) http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/


They already have firefox add-ons to bypass it if it does pass too http://www.techspot.com/news/46767-two-firefox-add-ons-already-bypass-sopas-domain-censorship.html
nimase85 posted Jan 17, 2012
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pdubbb
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OMG i just saw this on the news and searched on here for an article about it. if happens i'll got f***king crazy!!
pdubbb posted Jan 17, 2012
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nimase85
nimase85 replied:
I already did this a few months ago but firefox has an easy way to tell your Congressional representatives how you feel about SOPA you type in you zip code and it tells you who you representatives are and a letter that you can submit (you can edit it) http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/
Posted Jan 17, 2012
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arsiel
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I don't think it's going to pass. (or I'm just hoping that it won't so much that I'm saying that...)
I'm liking the display pic though
arsiel posted Jan 17, 2012
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nimase85
nimase85 replied:
I already did this a few months ago but firefox has an easy way to tell your Congressional representatives how you feel about SOPA you type in you zip code and it tells you who you representatives are and a letter that you can submit (you can edit it) http://www.mozilla.org/sopa/
Posted Jan 17, 2012
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maven3
rep: 5.23k
This is a terrible law that they are considering. It will end up making our internet like what is in China. Fully edited and monitored by our government.

I am not a pirate and feel that artists should be paid, but this is absolutely not the way to protect against piracy. In my mind it is like giving the government the permission and ability to search your house anytime they want in order to prevent theft (committed by you). It will easily and immediately turn into a big-brother situation.

I highly recommend that you take action and let your representatives know that you do not want this legislation passed.
maven3 posted Jan 17, 2012
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baldieee09
baldieee09 replied:
Nice input. I honestly never knew what internet is like in China lol.
Posted Jan 17, 2012
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FibroMom
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Awesome article! Thank you - it's amazing HOW much this legislation could change the way we do things! :(
FibroMom posted Jan 17, 2012
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MrBklynW
rep: 405k
interesting article. Thank you...piracy is bad but stopping technology innovation is worst.
MrBklynW posted Jan 17, 2012
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baldieee09
baldieee09 replied:
I couldn't agree more
Posted Jan 17, 2012
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