PIPA/SOPA protest: Google, Wikipedia online protest starts, invite supporters

By on Jan 18, 2012 in Internet, Technology, United States Comments

Updated: January 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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The PIPA/SOPA protest of various websites has started, with Google and Wikipedia among the most vocal ones about their strong opposition against the two US anti-piracy bills.

As reported earlier, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced that a one-day blackout will happen this Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to show protest against proposed legislation in the US, SOPA and PIPA.

Later, Google announced that a link leading to their protest against Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) will be posted on its US home page on the same date.

For the entire day on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Wikipedia, readers will be directed to their post titled “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge”, along with a link to the details of SOPA and PIPA and and inviting the public to join them via Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

“For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” A statement now reads at Wikipedia.org.

On the other hand, Google US homepage has still the same logo but a line saying “Tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web!” can be read below the search box, along with a link to details about SOPA and PIPA.

In addition, Google is inviting the public to join their online petition by submitting to them names and email addresses as sign of support against the two controversial bills, which are now being debated by the US Senate and Congress.

“The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.” Google wrote on their post.

“Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.” Google added.

Apparently, Google gave three reasons why they are against these US legislation – SOPA and PIPA would censor the Web; that they would be job-killers because they would create a new era of uncertainty for American business; and that they would not really stop piracy.

PIPA/SOPA protest call
Image Credit: Google

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