We are blacking out Wikipedia

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more

Getting more site protest PIPA / SOPA, visit - http://creativecommons.org/

I think this is a pretty dumb move on wikipedia’s part. Blacking out wikipedia won’t have any impact on the passage of SOPA and doing so will only annoy many wikipedia users.

I just threw this URL into my ad blocker because Wikipedia was dumb enough not to add an opt-out of their stupidity.


No more blackout BS.

It is just a sing of protest for something important and I have to say that I whole heartily support it.

We had a similar law being passed in Spain and it was ruled out at the very last minute before its approval. It was simply to drastic and for what I’ve read, this law is too.

+1. It’s meant to make a statement. Make people think what will happen if this bill passes.

Google is also protesting this and as molona said, I wholeheartedly protest it as well. This isn’t nazi Germany, it is AMERICA!

If this passes, America will soon become “land of the censored”.

Not only that but other countries will follow example too and the world will lose so much freedom.

I can decide that I’m willing to lose much of my freedom if I’m really convinced of a greater good (as example, to prevent terrorism and save thousands of lives) but not for something like this.

Then, how about for Facebook? It has millions of daily users. What if it will black out for 24 hours?

Well, facebook already has problems related to privacy but certainly they will have loads and loads more if this bill is approved because they will have to monitor all the content that their users upload so there is no copyright infringement… With the amount of pictures that are uploaded (not to say other types of content), that’s simply not possible.

But I don’t know if FB will do something about it. Google was up to it though. Did they finally blackout? don’t know.

The number of protest is keep increasing; for those who are interest to participate, visit this site americancensorship.org. Although it is newly setup on 03-Nov-2011, but it attract lot of response.