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“Dark Wednesday” In Protest of Anti-Piracy Legislation

Submitted by on January 18, 2012 – 9:17 amOne Comment

For the past few months, our national legislators have been contemplating whether or not they should pass the SOPA and PIPA legislation. The Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP (Internet protocol) Act are both aimed at putting an end to the copyright infringement done by downloaders, sharers, and providers of pirated media much to the dismay of yours truly by completely blocking access to the sites on which these illegal actions are possible.

A host of widely-used websites including Wikipedia, Craigslist, and Google are planning protests tomorrow to discourage support for the legislation. Wikipedia and Craigslist are among a group of popular websites which will go completely dark for 24 hours starting at midnight Eastern time tonight. Google will use its very popular home page to display its Anti-SOPA sentiment.

Of course, the proposed legislation basically results in the censorship of the Internet. Such censorship seems quite reasonable on its face, but what our legislators typically do not compensate for are the extreme applications of such laws. Case in point: try looking up Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on Youtube.

If you’re a user of the Internet who would prefer that it remains open and free, there are two groups of people to blame: First, those who share/download illegally shared content in the first place because they make the case for such drastic measures to be taken. Second, the lawmakers who have not chosen a more tactical route to put an end to file sharing, illegal streaming, and the sort.

In the meantime, enjoy some of your favorite sites while you can, and hope that every Congressman gets the message.

Source: Yahoo News

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