Where's my Wikipedia? SOPA, PIPA blackout coming
Wikipedia is among hundreds of websites that will be showing just how they feel about SOPA by going dark Wednesday.
The English-language version of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, will be shut down for 24 hours in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, now working their way through Congress.
Jimmy Wales, site co-founder, told the BBC's Martha Kearney on Tuesday morning that "tomorrow from midnight Washington D.C. time until midnight the entire day of Wednesday, we're going to blank out" the English version of Wikipedia and post a message of protest.
He told Kearney that the legislation makes "something like Wikipedia essentially impossible ... if the provider has to police everything that everyone is doing on the site."
Websites taking part in the so-called SOPA Strike include Mozilla, Reddit, WordPress and Boing Boing.
Twitter was hopping Tuesday morning with the news:
From the BBC's Philippia Thomas: "#Twitter chief says 'Closing a global business in reaction to a single-issue national politics is foolish'. How about that #Wikipedia?"
Greenpeace tweeted: " 'We're sorry, you're not allowed to read this.' Join us in saying no to corporate censorship of the internet."
The MPAA and others who support the law say the Internet operators have it all wrong. As the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday:
The Motion Picture Assn. of America and others driving the legislation said real progress had been made toward creating a law that would protect intellectual property. The advocates said misinformation is inflaming passions on the Web while doing nothing to solve the problem of piracy.
-- Amy Hubbard
Photo: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales in 2011. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press