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Wikipedia Goes Dark to Protest Against SOPA and PIPA Bills

It's quite startling to arrive on the English version of Wikipedia and find just a single ominous image urging visitors to learn more about its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act bills, currently active in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

You can understand Wikipedia's concern since, if passed, SOPA would require Wikipedia to monitor every site they link to, with any link to an infringing site potentially forcing them offline. It's not surprising that Google, Reddit, Craigslist, WordPress.com and many other high-profile sites are making today a day of protest about the damaging impact these bills could have on a free and open internet. Where have you spotted the protest today?

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Art D. Rector's picture
3166 pencils

Here's how our government works...

"Hmmm... the internet... never heard of that. What is it?"

"It's a service where you can find all kinds of information."

"Let's take a look at it. Hmmmm... wow. That's quite amazing - people are chatting, posting photos, interacting, conducting business... Fantastic. Seems to work perfectly."

"Yes sir - it is quite an astounding accomplishment."

"Yes, I agree. How can we fvck it up?"

KellyR's picture
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I'm all for protecting copyrighted content - as graphic artists we should be passionate about that. However, the way the bills are drafted it does appear they're putting the responsibility of protecting copyright on the wrong people. If what I've read is correct, potentially every web site out there would be at risk of getting shut down simply because there was a link on their site that went to another site that possibly had a snippet of copyright infringement buried somewhere on it. Instead of going after and punishing the offending site, they punish other sites that link to them? There's got to be a better way.

YoungZM's picture
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It's the entertainment industry lobbyists. There's a difference to protecting against copyright infringement and trying to own the internet- the entertainment industry has never made the distinction. Piracy will only get worse because of it. Companies need to work on making their products actually marketable and beneficial if you purchase them. They don't want to go that extra mile, ergo neither do those interested in their product.

If the US want to make policies, that's fine (though I'd prefer if they were fair to the people as well as mediated properly instead of set up for systematic abuse) but let it not affect those outside the country making policies (since everything seems to be either owned or operated by an American). I cannot recall how many petitions I've signed, how many emails I've sent out to congress and I'm a Canadian who's fairly honest.

teniva's picture
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We need to have free internet.

Vertu's picture
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steveballmer's picture
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SOPA is good! I'm 100% behind it!

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