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Websites to Blackout Over Over Anti-piracy Bill

Associated Press Modified: January 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: January 17, 2012
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Wikipedia says it will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. (Jan. 17)

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Websites to blackout over over anti-piracy bill

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Wikipedia says it will black out the English language version of its website Wednesday to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. (Jan. 17)

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ANTI-PIRACY LEGISLATION UNDER CONSIDERATION IN WASHINGTON HAS SOME WEBSITES IN A TIZZY.

WIKIPEDIA, BOINGBOING AND REDDIT SAY THEY'LL HAVE NONE OF IT AND ARE BLACKING OUT THEIR SITES ON WEDNESDAY.

[SOT/] John Abell, Wired.com

"It would put power and the hands of Internet service providers that they don't currently have these are the places that websites go to it would also force in some cases the people that run the Internet to change the Internet in a way which would make it difficult for you to find the site

WIKIPEDIA CALLS THE LEGISLATION DESTRUCTIVE AND SAYS IT WOULD POSE A THREAT TO A TO THE FREE, OPEN, AND SECURE WEB.

[SOT/] Jay Walsh, Head of Communication, Wikipedia

"Wikipedia, the people that help make Wikipedia, the people collaborate and create it have gotten together to make this decision to produce a blackout across the world on English Wikipedia. And they're absolutely focused on doing this because it is detrimental to the free and open web it's detrimental to Wikipedia."

TWO BILLS ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.

SOPA - THE STOP ONLINE PIRACY ACT AND PIPA, THE PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACT. BOTH ARE DESIGNED TO CRACK DOWN ON SALES OF PIRATED U.S. PRODUCTS OVERSEAS.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS RAISED CONCERNS ON THE BILLS, BUT SAYS IT ISN'T SIDING WITH SILICON VALLEY OVER HOLLYWOOD.

[SOT/:Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary]

"We will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative, global internet ...

THE PROVISIONS THE BILLS WOULD IMPOSE ARE AT ISSUE.

THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL IS IN THE HOUSE BILL. SOPA WOULD ENABLE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO "BLACKLIST" SITES THAT ARE ALLEGED TO DISTRIBUTE PIRATED CONTENT.

THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY CUT OFF PORTIONS OF THE INTERNET TO ALL U.S. USERS AND COULD MAKE POLICING THE INTERNET DIFFICULT.

[SOT/] David, Smith, Potomic Institute

"I think the analogy to use here is the bartender in the bar. Is he responsible for serving too many drinks to somebody who may then go and drive a car? Well that's one level, but now are thinking what is this to the point where the bartender may actually be responsible for what that person is sayingto that person at a table in the far corner."

SO FAR, OTHER MEDIA COMPANIES LIKE FACEBOOK YAHOO AND EBAY ARE VOICING THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE BILLS, BUT THEY'RE STAYING ONLINE FOR THE MOMENT.

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