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Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, has defended the decision to blackout the website around the world tomorrow, despite other American technology companies refusing to follow suit.
He said: “The general sentiment seemed to be that US law, as it impacts the internet, can affect everyone.
“As for me, what I am hoping is that people outside the US who have friends or family who are voters in the US, will ask them to make a call to their senator or representative, and I hope we send a broad global message that the internet as a whole will not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement.”
I have to say I'm disappointed that folks here aren't talking about this more. Less than a page of comments? Really? This law is against all of our interests as well as being completely wrong. I'm amazed this community isn't more fired up about it.
Microsoft isn't taking that public a route but it has issued a statement saying:
We oppose the passage of the SOPA bill as currently drafted. We think the White House statement points in a constructive way to problems with the current legislation, the need to fix them, and the opportunity for people on all sides to talk together about a better path forward."
The bulk of the general public do not have a clue as to what is going on or why this is being done.
Some people feel that Wikipedia isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread.
The day the Internet is on strike
SOPA and PROTECT-IP (also known as "PIPA"), along with the OPEN Act are bills currently in Congress, which threaten the very existence of the web. It will enable rights holders to legitimately -- and even fradulantly -- shut down websites that allegedly infringe copyright. They are censorship bills.
Today, the web has fallen silent, blacked out its pages, become dark, and effectively gone on strike. From Wikipedia to Google, even Firefox users are affected, as are other major online communities.
Read more on SOPA here.
This gallery will show you some of the major websites that have gone dark or offline today.
they happen to be on the right side of this issuereally, hate to argue but anything that protects the IP of the original creator is a good thing.
What does that have to do with it? You don't have to be a fan of Wiki or Google to recognize that they happen to be on the right side of this issue.
As for the rest, StoutFiles, your points 1 and 2 kind of cancel each other out, don't they?
hate to argue but anything that protects the IP of the original creator is a good thing
What does that have to do with it? You don't have to be a fan of Wiki or Google to recognize that they happen to be on the right side of this issue
By that logic shutting down the internet completely would be the ideal solution, since then nobody would have the means to copy content on a large scale
2) Other bills will come up under the radar next year leading to a change in the internet so no reason to get excited.