Wikipedia/Google to Protest SOPA/PIPA

January 16, 2012, By George Lang

Wednesday is DP-Day (Digital Protest Day) for a number of large online entities, Wikipedia being the most famous by far. Founder Jimmy Wales has announced a blackout of the website on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act), legislation currently up for a vote in the United States Congress.

DeviceMAG has been following this story for you since its inception. Recent major developments have shown a sharp withdrawal of support for the bills by huge online, tech companies like Google, Microsoft, eBay, and many others; some of whom originally supported the bills.

While the legislation is designed to protect the ownership rights of creative artists, many experts claim it will actually infringe on the creative freedom of those same individuals. Not only that, some say it will fail to do what it is designed to do because pirating sites will be able to override the weak protection and enforcement mechanisms written into the bills. The following protest banner was put up by Wikipedia shortly after 10 PM on Monday, January 16, 2012.

Wikipedia is the largest of the planned protestors averaging 25,000,000 users per day. According to Politico.com, “Founder Jimmy Wales made the announcement in tweets on Monday, telling followers  his goal is to “melt phone systems in Washington” in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the PROTECT IP Act  in the Senate.” Other popular online entities planning to join the fight include: Reddit, Minecraft, and Boing Boing. DP-Day may be a bit too late to stop all the momentum these bills have gathered over the past year or so, despite expert opinion whose pleas seem to be falling on deaf and agnostic, legislative ears.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71500.html#ixzz1jgV1CXos

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