Protest against SOPA and PIPA: Wikipedia to blackout for 24 hours
In protest against US Govt’s SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) world’s largest online encyclopedia Wikipedia English site will blackout and inaccessible for 24 hours. The announcement about the decision for joining the move against SOPA and PIPA came from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
The Wikipedia’s decision came after the Rddit announced that it would go offline for 12 hours on Wednesday, by this decision the Wikipedia is joining companies like Reddit. On the day users will only get messages against the two legislation that US Govt try to impose on online community.
US Govt is aiming t extend the powers of US law enforcement agencies and copyright holders, it will give more legal possibilities for Copyright holders to take legal action against those who have facilitated or distributed copyrighted contents without the authorization of the copyright holder. If this law is enforced it will widely affect online communities and even end up with the freezing of the alleged sites by court and prevent search engines from indexing it.
In response to the US Govt move, the Wikipedia founder Jimmy tweeted that “This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know.” The Wikipedia founder also said that this is a decision made by the Wikipedia community and didn’t forget to regret for having to blackout the site for 24 hours from online.
“This is an extraordinary action for our community to take – and while we regret having to prevent the world from having access to Wikipedia for even a second, we simply cannot ignore the fact that SOPA and PIPA endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.””
Other companies like Facebook, Google, Linkedin along with over 70 others have already informed their concern about the Act.
Despite these protest and movement against the legislation, the US Govt is still in preparation to enforce the law. Over this protest by companies, Govt may withdraw its effort for time being, but can be resurrected at anytime. PIPA is still in high consideration of the Govt.
“We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table,” said Wales in another tweet. “PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message.” While the companies like Wikipedia are in protest, do you think that it is right movement and support the protest?