Wikipedia Blackout Planned

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 10:16am

Popular website will go dark for 24 hours to protest pending anti-piracy legislation.

One of the internet's busiest websites is going dark tonight for 24 hours.

Starting at midnight Wikipedia will shut down to protest anti-piracy legislation under discussion in Congress.

The House and Senate each have their own bills under consideration.

The Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, nicknamed SOPA, would allow the government to shutdown websites alleged to distribute pirated content.

"That represents, you know, a form of censorship potentially, and the concerns about a free internet are very large for a lot of people," says CNET.com's Scott Stein.

The film and music industries support the legislation, seeking to protect their intellectual property and revenue, but tech companies including Google and Facebook have spoken out against it, saying it threatens their industry.

Several other websites are joining Wikipedia in going dark, hoping to get the public involved in the issue.

The Obama administration has also brought up concerns about the legislation, but says it wants to work with Congress on a way to fight piracy while protecting the internet.
 

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