Website blackout today to protest SOPA & PIPA, anti-piracy bills


1/19/2012 Update: Anti-piracy bills lose support. See update.


Wikipedia and other websites are having a blackout on January 18th to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, HR 3261) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA, S 968)—two anti-piracy bills being considered in Congress. Although the bills aim to prevent Internet piracy, they also raise concerns about censorship and liability for internet service providers and libraries. The American Library Association (ALA) has taken a position against these two bills because of these concerns. In addition, the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN, S 2029) was recently introduced and is currently being reviewed by ALA.

For basic information about these bills, check out these resources:

 To take action on this issue, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s web site.

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