January 17th, 2012
The site is closing it's virtual doors in protest against the proposed SOPA act (Stop Online Piracy Act) which is currently being debated by the US House of Representatives, while the Protect IP Act is the version before the Senate.
Under the legislation, a single website would be held responsible for all of the content on it no matter how it had got there and whether users had put it up.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced the planned global block-out of the site's English pages on Twitter this morning, after first raising the idea on Monday.
Mr Wales said the block-out would run from midnight US Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday to midnight the next day (4pm – 4pm AEST).
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The father of the web has added his voice to the global chorus of outrage at US Government plans to censor the internet, saying its plans are undemocratic and violate human rights.
I'm sure most of you have heard what's going on with these 2 bills that are poised to pass congress in an election this month. This is in spite of the fact that the huge majority of Americans are against it. To me it is yet another example of how we the people do not make laws in this country and corporations have much more power then the public. The ramifications could be huge if these bills come into law. It would basically allow government through the entertainment industries to block any site they deem undesirable not only in America but worldwide. It would allow them to meddle with the delicate infrastructure of the net which some experts believe could cause great harm to it's vital inner workings. It would allow them to make web sites and social networks such as Facebook to monitor and censor what is posted or face lawsuits for displaying copyrighted material. Thankfully the uproar has been huge with even giants like Google blacking out their logo in protest along with many other sites. It does seem to be having an impact so lets hope this latest infringement on our shrinking freedoms does not come to be. Piracy would not really be effected since sites could be reached by IP address instead of a blocked site name or so I read. Here is a link to some info.
The title was supposed to say "except piracy" my mistake and I don't seem to be able to edit the title so if a mod would be so kind
I wouldn't have posted the other thread if I had bothered to read this one so sorry about the double post.
I am really watching this one. I think it would be a huge blow to our freedom (such as it is) if these laws were implemented
Tango down, claims Anonymous as they strike out at the DoJ and the whole clan behind SOPA and PIPA. Looks like someone stirred up the hornets nest...
I wonder just how much power these "Anonymous" have. I would be a little more impressed with something more sophisticated than an old fashioned denial of service attack. These guys better watch their rears though. I'm sure the federal government regards them as terrorists and under such a moniker they would disappear down some black hole never to be seen again. No formal charges, trial or anything. I have used megaupload for lots of things like I'm sure other people here have as well. Nothing illegal though. Stuff like ROMs for my Bionic and other innocuous tweak ware. I wonder what's going to happen to the guys who paid for premium service. I guess they are out some money.