Wikipedia Fades to Black to Protest Government Anti-Piracy Bill

Internet websites, specifically those that serve as information hubs, are jumping up to protest the government in a sort of OCCUPY movement of their own.  Ever since the days of Napster and the file sharing debacle that stopped the site in its tracks many years ago, there have been various attempts to crackdown on all infringement practices that could result in the vulnerability of major corporations and businesses information, but to be honest…purse strings!  

Starting at midnight last night the Wikipedia site went black in protest.  Sites like Wikipedia feel that giving the government the ability to scrub and block access to certain sites as an erroneous solution to piracy.  According to Fox News, Wikipedia and other sites including Reddit, Google, Facebook, Amazon and others have transformed their home pages into protest banners against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).  Both of whom seek to protect Hollywood and the music industry from losing money.  The government feels that this will stop online theft “once and for all.”

The government would require ISPs to “block access to foreign websites that infringe on copyrights.” Online piracy has become a huge problem for the media industry with China and other countries.  The report included a statement by Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) from 2008, describing the massive financial impact as costing “as much as $250 billion per year and costs the industry 750,000 jobs.”

Google spoke with Fox news saying:

“There are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” Google spokeswoman Samantha Smith told on Tuesday.”

Read more on the shutdown here.

-J.C. Brooks

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