Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wikipedia blackout

Six key lawmakers remove support for SOPA/PIPA in light of Wikipedia blackout

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 Several of the provisions in SOPA force American Internet service providers or ISPs hosting websites to remove a site from the Internet if there’s a claim it’s infringing against copyright, even if it has not been fully proved in court.

In the midst of an unappreciated protest against U.S. anti-piracy legislation that has seen Wikipedia shut itself down for 24 hours, six prominent supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and it’s Senate companion Protect IP Act (PIPA), have removed their backing for the bills.

These political moves come after Wikipedia and Google joined hundreds of other websites Wednesday in a sprawling online protest against legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on Internet piracy.

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