On Wednesday, Wikipedia, Reddit, and BoingBoing will protest the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) by “going dark”. They will replace their homepages with a blackout graphic that contains information about the protest.
The Wikimedia Foundation stated, “On January 18, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States. Wikipedia administrators confirmed this decision Monday afternoon (PST) in a public statement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOP)” Read the rest of the release at the wikimediafoundation.org, http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/English_Wikipedia_to_go_dark
PIPA and SOPA were created to protect movie studios and record labels from online piracy, but the acts contain legislation that would allow censorship of the internet. Now, I get that the movie studios and record labels want the public to pay for the content they release, but creating acts that infringe upon freedom of speech is something I do not get. The internet is like the wild west, in my opinion, and that is what makes it great. Let’s help to keep it that way. Contact your Congressman or sign a petition. Rock on, my fellow RoadFish!