Opposition to the controversial Stop Online Piracy and Protect Internet Privacy Acts has caused a major stir among Republicans and Democrats alike, with 18 Senators – including seven co-sponsors – turning against the legislation.
The Internet strike opposing the US anti-piracy bills SOPA/PIPA has ended. The webquake spearheaded by giants like Wikipedia, Reddid and Google led to key sponsors withdrawing their support for the acts. However, they are not dead, activists warn.
John Davies, the Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK - the umbrella foundation in charge of Wikipedia - said the site's unprecedented blackout was a tough decision to make, but a necessary one in the bid to raise global awareness.
While Wikipedia is down in a blackout protest against the SOPA bill, the Twittersphere has erupted with a new sort of fun: facts without Wikipedia. They are, err, unreferenced and unverifiable, presumably because Wiki can’t do the job.
Thousands of websites have joined the blackout in protest against the SOPA bill, as the controversial legislation is put to a vote in the US Congress. Participants range from giants like Wikipedia and Craigslist to tiny individual pages.
The Internet's largest and most popular general reference has gone dark. Wikipedia has joined a protest against something it believes is even darker: passage of the Stop Online Piracy and Protect Intellectual Property Acts.