Wikipedia to Shutdown on January 18 to protest against SOPA and PIPA

Wikipedia has planned a blackout on January 18 in protest of the controversial U.S anti –piracy legislation. The English version of the Web Encyclopedia will be unavailable for 24 hours beginning 5am (GMT) on Wednesday, 18th January to 5am on Thursday.

The move comes as a part of ongoing protests by various online protests against the censorship of the Internet. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate are bills impending to be passed. If these proposed legislations become laws, it would mean a censorship of various international websites inside the United States. Various search engines and Internet Service Providers will block websites that violate copyright laws. The law empowers copyright holders and US Judges the right to shutdown websites, if any website illegally holds copyright material such as music or movies. Previously, the website owners would be notified and the content would be removed by them.

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  1. Says:

    Thanks :)


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