Greetings from Galactic Heart… Wikipedia will be on BLACKOUT Wednesday, January 18. WHY?

Greetings from Galactic Heart…

Wikipedia will be on BLACKOUT Wednesday, January 18. WHY? I’ve included some links and quotes from articles so you are aware of what Congress is trying to do…..you know how tricky they can be when writing up a law, slipping in more law than the public would agree to. Hope this helps explain why Wikipedia will not be available tomorrow. We cannot allow legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet. Information on SOPA and PIPA.

Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA

Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, says his site will go dark for the day on Wednesday, January 18, joining a budding movement to protest the two bills.

“This is going to be wow,” Wales said on Twitter. “I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!”

Meantime, the protests are still on. “#PIPA is a live threat. But #sopa is far from dead — just dormant as they revise it,” tweeted Jimmy Wales, the head of Wikipedia. In another message he said, “Call your Senators. Call your Representatives. Know your stuff and explain your opposition.”

Several sources said members of Congress, reacting to the online objections, were pulling back on parts of SOPA and PIPA to which Internet companies object. But the protest movement continued for the time being.

SOPA: Internet Piracy Bill Criticized as Internet Censorship

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, said the bills would overdo it — giving copyright holders and government the power to cut off websites unreasonably. They could be shut down, and search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo could be stopped from linking to them.

What exactly are the objections:

Internet entities such as Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Tumblr said the two bills would force them to be online police and hold them responsible if users of their sites link to pirated content.

The companies said the bills could require your Internet provider to block websites that are involved in digital file sharing. And search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing could be stopped from linking to them — antithetical, they argue, to the ideal of an open Internet.

“While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world,” said Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google, in a December post on Google+.

The White House weighed in on Jan. 14. In a post on the White House website, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and two colleagues wrote, “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

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3 Responses to Greetings from Galactic Heart… Wikipedia will be on BLACKOUT Wednesday, January 18. WHY?

  1. Suzy says:

    Oh dear, will have to look at the article tomorrow when the website is up and running again.

  2. Suzy says:

    They gave us the internet now they are trying to shut it down, to much information for the masses and tptb ( or tptw) don’t like it! Mike Adams has got some good articles he’s really going for it. Don’t push it to far Mike we don’t need another Alex Jones as one is enough to contend with lol! Thanks for the link awoke will read it shortly.

  3. awoke says:

    Mike Adams has a great article up about how there is intent to shut down alternative news and health sites if this SOPA passes. Please go to http://www.naturalnews.com then follow the article to please let your representatives know this will not be tolerated. The government does not get to shut down sites that disagree with it’s propaganda.

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