Wikipedia blackout (shut down) in protest against SOPA and PIPA for 24 hours


Wikipedia shutdown(blackout)in protest against SOPA and PIPA for 24 hours begins. It’s estimated that around 100 million people will be affected for a day as the online encyclopedia went for the 24 hours strike in protest against the Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) to be laid down before the U.S congress.

Wikipedia, the biggest online encyclopedia has shut down their English language site on 19th January 2012 in protest against the plans to put an end to online piracy. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) to be laid before the U.S. Congress have brought out serious debate in the internet world. As a part of this protest Wikipedia has gone dark estimated to affect more than 100 million people world wide which includes businesses and students. Wikipedia is the main source of students who get to the site for reference, projects and much more. It is also the main source of many online websites to gather information for A to Z.
Wikipedia shut down (blackout) in protest against SOPA and PIPA for 24 hours

This decision of Wikipedia to go black out for a day came as Jimmy Wales, the founder of the site warned the students tweeting ''do your homework early' ahead of the shutdown. Wikipedia went dark at 5am GMT on 18th January while websites like BoingBoing also become a part of this protest. It is understood that many other sites too have joined the way Wikipedia did by going black while some others have put a banner on their site.

According to the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) to be tabled in the US Congress, the bill is designed to stop the sales of pirated products. Representing film and music industry, number of people has come forward in support of SOPA and PIPA. The supporters of this bill say that the legislation would protect their products from illegally access and selling. The laws in the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are well designed to prevent online piracy. One one side, the supports of this bill says the legislation would protect intellectual property rights critics says both SOPA and PIA are completely against the freedom of speech.

Recently the UK court made a decision to hand over a 23 year old British student to U.S charging cases against online piracy. He has been alleged of setting up a website which provides links to download pirated movies and TV programmes. But his lawyers claims that search engines play the vital role in providing links to websites which illegally streams pirated movies, music and TV shows. It is also said that Wikipedia came to a conclusion of brining down the site for a day after one month discussion with the users. The Wikimedia foundation has collected response from its users before making the final decision to go black for a day.



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