English Wikipedia anti-SOPA blackout

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  1. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    To: English Wikipedia Readers and Community
    From: Sue Gardner, Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
    Date: January 16, 2012

    Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here). The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States – the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate – that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

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  2. siljaline

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    Microsoft says it opposes SOPA

    Microsoft took the chance to oppose SOPA on Tuesday, just hours before a Wikipedia blackout. The controversial bill has attracted a lot of attention this week as Google and Wikipedia both pledged to ensure web users stay fully informed of the sweeping changes that SOPA could bring. Microsoft says it opposes SOPA "as currently drafted," but doesn't reveal if the company plans to take any protest action. The software maker issued the following statement:
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    Those that use Twitter may find much more using hashtags #SOPA | #blackout | #PIPA | #Blacklist | #SOPABlackout | #J18

    Countless more sites expected to go dark: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/01/17/google_sopa/SOPA | PIPA Learn more
     
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    A list of participants, and HTML and JavaScript code for anyone who wants to participate, can be found here.
     
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    "Wikipedia hails blackout protest as success" : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/9024927/Wikipedia-hails-blackout-protest-as-success.html
    Wikipedia: SOPA initiative/Learn more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more
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    "After Historic Protest, Members of Congress Abandon PIPA and SOPA in Droves" : https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/...members-congress-abandon-pipa-and-sopa-droves
     
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