Wikipedia blackout to hit the web in protest against US anti-piracy laws

Wikipedia blackout to hit the web in protest against US anti-piracy laws  

Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest at proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.

 

Founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter the free encyclopaedia’s English website would be joining a day-long ‘blackout’, affecting UK internet users.

 

The online action is a protest against two laws going through congress in the US – the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and its sister bill, the Protect-IP Act (Pipa).

 

If passed, they would allow copyright holders and American justice officials to close websites considered to be giving illegal  access to copyrighted or ‘pirated’ material such as movies or music.

Source: Metro

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