Students and lovers of encyclopedic knowledge be warned – get your work done early, because Wikipedia will be shutting down this Wednesday. The popular open source encyclopedia will be blocked for 24 hours on Wednesday, January 18 in protest of the proposed SOPA anti-piracy legislation.
SOPA, more formally known as the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’, a bill aimed at reducing piracy on various file sharing websites also has the caveat that it would apply to nearly all aspects of copyright use. Let’s say that you have a personal blog where you review and discuss the latest movies. Under SOPA, the film companies that control those movies would have the right to contact law enforcement and potentially have your blog shut down as a result. Wikipedia is just one of the few major websites planning to participate in an internet black out, as a majority of internet websites and companies are staunchly opposed to this bill.
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