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Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Technology | 0 comments

Wikipedia,Facebook,Youtube going to black out today for SOPA. Google to protest in Home page

Wikipedia (English), Youtube, Facebook are some of the major sites along with thousands of others which are planing to black out on Jan 17 for 24 Hrs in protest against the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act).
Google has said, it would add home page protest against the SOPA.

The Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the senate are backed by the movie and music industries as a means to crack down on the sale of counterfeit goods by non-U.S Websites.
Hollywood studios want lawmakers to ensure that internet companies such as Google share responsibility for curbing the distribution of pirated material.

The administration of Barack Obama stepped into piracy debate on Jan14, saying in a blog post that it wouldn’t support legislation that encourages censorship, undermines cyber security or disrupts the structure of the internet.

The Senate is scheduled to hold a procedural vote one Jan 24 on starting debate on an anti-piracy bill.

Samantha Smith, a Google Spokeswoman said
“We oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet” 

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of wikipedia, called the decision to shut website an “extraordinary” action in response to the proposed laws, which “endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.”

Infamous hacker group Anonymous have publicly demonstrated against SOPA, they have released a list of sites which black out in protest of SOPA. Check the list below.

SOPA blackout list

picture curtesy : bfree news
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