Websites Protest Internet Bill in Congress
Blackout for some on Wednesday
A massive protest is taking place on the internet Wednesday. Some high-profile websites will black out as part of a coordinated effort to protest the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” otherwise known as SOPA
One well-known website’s founder, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, posted the following on Twitter: “Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #SOPA”
Editor Brian Cooley of CNet says the legislation is intended to allow music and movie companies who see their materials pirated to raise a red flag to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The department could do three things: Either get the website’s internet service provider to cut off or vanish their service, prohibit Visa or other credit card companies from taking payments for the website, or cut the site off from popping up in search engine results.
Cooley added that SOPA opponents have a different take.
Among the websites participating in the blackout besides Wikipedia, parts of Google, Reddit, WordPress and Mozilla are some of the other higher-profile participants.