English Wikipedia Blackout for 24 Hours Protesting SOPA and PIPA

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Protesting against SOPA and PIPA bills, Wikipedia will blackout the english version of  its website for 24 hours, worldwide beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate—that, if passed, would seriously damage the free and open Internet, including Wikipedia.

This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made. The banner on the site says “Please note: In less than X hours, the English Wikipedia will be blacked out globally in protest of SOPA and PIPA.” [source]

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