SOPA/PIPA Protests Flood Internet! Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Google, Others
By now the SOPA/PIPA protest is in full swing. Wikipedia has been announcing its protest since Monday as have other sites like Reddit and Boing Boing. Mozilla followed today blacking out its screen and Google joined symbolically by black boxing out its name to show its solidarity with other companies.Others like Twitter, AOL,Facebook and ebay have not shut down their sites,but they are supporting Wikipedia and some like Twitter, have strongly and vocally advocated against the bills before the Congress and Senate
However, Wikipedia has gone the full route. It is completely non functioning. Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia who was a guest on Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday night, defended his protest. He commented that he advocates fighting copyright infringement and he thinks that the system in place where a copyright holder tells a site to take something down, is the most viable practice. What he objects to in the SOPA/PIPA laws are that they're “placing all kinds of burdens on community-generated” sites, which burden them with the impossible task of policing everything that their users are doing. “I’m a big believer that we should be dealing with the issues of privacy, and we should deal with them in a serious way,” Wales said, “but this bill is not the right bill.”
The company had said on its blog Monday that, “[It’s] a decision that wasn’t lightly made. The decision to take down the free encyclopedia’s English pages was made with the input of 1800 Wikipedia users who voted overwhelmingly in favor of the blackout, according to statement from the Wikimedia Foundation.
The White House has stated that it still supports swift action on legislation to combat online piracy. It will “not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.” The White House over the course of these weeks has questioned the measures’ actions toward due process and its narrow focus on criminal activity.Continued on the next page