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’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.
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.
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.”
- Wikipedia, WordPress & 1,500+ Sites to Blackout Tomorrow in Protest: SOPA/PIPA (hudsonhorizons.com)
- Wikipedia Blackout: Websites Wikipedia, Reddit, Others Go Dark Wednesday to Protest SOPA, PIPA (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Opponents Step up Pressure Against SOPA, PIPA – PCWorld (pcworld.com)