The Internet Goes Black to Stop SOPA and Censorship

Posted January 18, 2012 in Internet Law by Mike Mintz

A funny thing happened to me today while using Wikipedia.

At around 10am EST I got a taste of what Internet censorship must look like. While researching an article using one of my favorite free sites, Wikipedia, it went black on me and showed this message:

 

At first I panicked: “oh no! I broke Wikipedia!”

Then I remembered that today, January 18, 2012, many websites are “blacking out” in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that is going around Congress this week. This video explains what SOPA is all about:

There was a post on the Martindale.com blog about SOPA and it’s running mate the Protect IP Act last week: you can read about why they think it will pass, here.

What are your thoughts on it SOPA and the Protect IP Act? Should they be stopped?

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