Wikipedia Blackout Protest against US Anti Piracy Laws

January 19th, 2012   raja   World news

Several websites are taking the user to a black page with a message saying “imagine a word without free knowledge”. Latest, Wikipedia also joined this group of sites. However, Twitter showed no interest to join.

US congress is debating on protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop online Piracy Act (SOPA). Wikipedia is strongly opposing this debate and both acts.

As per this act, the content owner of a website can ask court orders for the search engines to stop displaying websites which contain piracy material.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, told BBC that the Sopa act is very broad and badly framed. Such broad act will affect several things on internet and it can do nothing to stop piracy.

Wikipedia webpage is available on mobiles Google has also joined this campaign by replacing its logo with a message for awareness.

Analysis says that internet is going to face a major test against the strongly organized media. Sopa’s supporters argue that the act is designed in such way to stop revenues flowing into “rogue websites”.

A statement released by White House says that piracy filled foreign websites are of serious concern and it should have a legislative solution. This anti piracy legislation has strong support from high profiled people. This includes Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corporation.

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