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Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest

19 comments, 369 views, posted 9:27 pm 17/01/2012 in Teh Internet by tricpe
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Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest
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Wikipedia joins other sites, including the Cheezburger Network, in planning to go offline
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Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline on Wednesday as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.
The user-generated news site Reddit and the blog Boing Boing have also said they will take part in the "blackout".
The sites' webmasters are opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) being debated by Congress.
However, Twitter has declined to take part in the shutdown.
Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, told the BBC: "Proponents of Sopa have characterised the opposition as being people who want to enable piracy or defend piracy.
"But that's not really the point. The point is the bill is so over broad and so badly written that it's going to impact all kinds of things that, you know, don't have anything to do with stopping piracy."
Veto hint
Sopa's supporters in the House of Representatives say the legislation is designed to stop revenue flowing to "rogue websites". A similar bill, Pipa, is making its way through the US Senate.
On Saturday the White House issued a statement that appeared to side with critics of the legislation.
It said: "While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet."
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Sopa and Pipa explained
The US bills are designed to block access to sites containing unauthorised copryight material.
Content owners and the US government would be given the power to request court orders to shut down sites associated with piracy.
Advertisers, payment processors and internet service providers would be forbidden from doing business with infringers based overseas.
Sopa also requires search engines to remove foreign infringing sites from their results, a provision absent in Pipa.


Despite the hint of a presidential veto, Wikipedia said that the English site's administrators had decided to stage its first ever public protest because the bills "would be devastating to the free and open web".
It added: "We don't think Sopa is going away, and Pipa is still quite active. Moreover, Sopa and Pipa are just indicators of a much broader problem. All around the world, we're seeing the development of legislation intended to fight online piracy, and regulate the internet in other ways, that hurt online freedoms."
However, when asked whether Twitter would join the blackout, its chief executive, Dick Costolo, tweeted: "Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish."
In a Twitter conversation with Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales, Mr Costolo later clarified that his comment was not meant to be read as a "value judgement" about other organisations involvement in the action.
The anti-piracy legislation still has high profile supporters including News Corporation's chairman, Rupert Murdoch.
A message by Twitter's chief executive sparked off a conversation with Wikipedia's founder
Over the weekend he tweeted: "So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery."
He later added: "Seems like universal anger with POTUS [President of the United States] from all sorts of normal supporters... Whole entertainment industry employs 2.2 million [on] average salary $65,000. Good jobs and expanding foreign earnings. Made in America, too!"
Sites taking part in the shutdown plan to go offline for 24 hours from midnight Eastern Standard Time (05:00 GMT) on Wednesday

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9:46 pm 17/01/2012

djskitzy

wasn't sopa ditched last week? I did a thread on it....

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9:53 pm 17/01/2012

Edorph

SOPA has only been "shelved" for the time being, PIPA is still on. And of course the pecker faces who came up with and sponsored it still sit where they did last week.

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9:57 pm 17/01/2012

Edorph

Shelved, let's see... until February.

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4:59 am 18/01/2012

WolfenUWG

Would be more effective if a big player like eBay or Facebook had signed on to help Wiki out...

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5:39 am 18/01/2012

Flee

Quote by Edorph:
Shelved, let's see... until February.


just long enough for our short attention spans to have moved on to the next thing that angers us.

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5:47 am 18/01/2012

evolution

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2:46 pm 18/01/2012

griffin


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2:53 pm 18/01/2012

Edorph

Very cool. Google also has a nice big black logo today, with a link to more information.

Related: http://old.cdt.org/speech/cda/960203_48hrs_alert.html :-D It never ends.. :-(

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5:02 pm 18/01/2012

aion_z

Hmm.. Facebook didn't join. Didn't even darken. At least from where I'm sittin. How about you guys?

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6:05 pm 18/01/2012

evolution

Nope. Facebook didn't. Neither did Twitter, LinkedIn, or Myspace.

These are the ones that I can confirm: BoingBoing, Craigslist, Google, Imgur, Mozilla, Oatmeal, Reddit, Twitpic, Wikipedia, Wired, and Wordpress. I'll post screenshots in a minute. Check out Oatmeal, by the way. It's worth it:
http://theoatmeal.com/

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6:32 pm 18/01/2012

griffin

Quote by evolution:
Check out Oatmeal, by the way. It's worth it


Ha ha, yes it is, it's brilliant!

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9:33 pm 18/01/2012

Quaektem

Quote by Edorph:
Shelved, let's see... until February.



My bet? Shelved until December... that way no one has to explain why they voted for it and it will be at least two years before another election... and who remembers that far back?

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10:27 pm 18/01/2012

marksyzm

That sounded slightly pessimistic, Q

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11:09 pm 18/01/2012

Quaektem

Only slightly?

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11:16 pm 18/01/2012

aion_z

Quote by griffin:
Check out Oatmeal, by the way. It's worth it

Yeah, it was. Funneh shit!

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2:29 pm 19/01/2012

griffin

He makes some very good points. Good read.

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3:25 pm 19/01/2012

evolution

Quote by griffin:
He makes some very good points. Good read.

Yes and no. I agree that some of the things we do have little to no effect. Boycotting gas stations for a day barely makes any difference. Turning off out lights for one hour out of an entire year (8760 hours) is even more laughable.

However, all great changes in history started with small steps. Today the United States is a desegregated society where Blacks and other minorities essentially enjoy the same rights and privileges as the dominant majority, but perhaps the defining moment in the fight for desegregation was the simple act of one woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus.

The arrest of Parks made the news and effectively she created an awareness of a problem. And that's exactly what signing petitions and boycotting gas stations does. It may make little difference now, but it could later on down the road.

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3:40 pm 19/01/2012

marksyzm

The power of the global resources of freedom that we have right is getting far more powerful than we could ever have imagined. If they attempt to start this bill up again I can bet that anonymous will have them shot the fuck up in no time.

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