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Wikipedia joins Internet blackout against SOPA

Wikipedia has joined a growing list of websites hosting a blackout on Wednesday 18th January, in protest of the US government's bid to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The bill will give more powers to content owners and the US Government to shut down sites associated with content stealing and piracy.

The decision to shut down the English Wikipedia wasn't made by me; it was made by editors, through a consensus decision-making process. But I support it.

Sue Gardner, (Executive Director) Wikimedia Foundation

If passed, the bill will affect many large US based sites such as Google and Yahoo, who will need to remove foreign infringing content from their search results. It will also mean US businesses trading in the UK and elsewhere in the world will have new restrictions and while it may seem far removed from our little corner of the world, some trending experts are taking this as a sign of things to come for other governments keen on gaining more control over content produced in their own countries.

Of course, in Europe, a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice ruled that Internet Service Providers ISPs could not carry out general monitoring of the the information on their network to allow blocking of certain sites. The proposals in the US would allow companies to seek a court order which would force ISPs to then introduce blocking of sites to their users. The implementation of this could also end up filtering these sites to users in other countries if the traffic goes through one of these US based networks.

Many websites will be taking part in the protest, criticised by some for not having any direction.

"That's just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish."

Dick Costolo, (CEO) Twitter


I think its more foolish that "Dick" considers the issue that of a single nation when he knows (or should know) that the US can and does regularly overstep is boundaries, not to mention a bulk of internet infrastructure is within the US.

I guess its only fitting that Twatter has a Dick in charge of it (HARRRRRRR terrible joke)

  • Firefalcon
  • over 9 years ago

"That's just silly."

Couldn't agree more - twitter IS silly, seems to be mainly morons posting inane garbage about their worthless lives.

Surprised the CEO of twitter agrees though ;)

  • rizla
  • over 9 years ago

Twitter is a little like smoking, you have to give it a couple of goes and persevere before you like it.

  • Fireduck
  • over 9 years ago


Still had for your health.

  • otester
  • over 9 years ago


  • otester
  • over 9 years ago

so good ole USA government is trying to do what China does and other despotic countries. how hypocritacal but then again aren't they always. if you dont play by my rules I am taking my ball away.
for christs sake grow up

  • RobLunt
  • over 9 years ago

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