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    Wikipedia's "Day Of Darkness" Protest

    Wikipedia shut down its English-language sites today in protest at U.S. plans to police the internet and combat piracy - and their move has been echoed by 7,000 sites across the net.

    Search giant Google has 'blacked out' its logo on its U.S. home page in solidarity with Wikipedia's move - and sites and services such as BoingBoing, Reddit, WordPress, Firefox and Metafilter are fully or partially 'blacking out' in support.

    Wikipedia now loads a black 'protest' page instead of entries from the encyclopedia - only the English-language version is affected, and only the version accessed via certain browsers such as PC and iPad. Phone browsers do not load the 'black' protest page at all. An estimated 100 million users could be affected by the move.

    Jimmy Wales, who founded the site, had warned students via Twitter to ‘do your homework early’ ahead of the shutdown.

    Other internet heavyweights such as BoingBoing also 'went dark' for the 24 hour strike-part of a widespread protest campaign orchestrated via social sites such as Reddit.

    Google earlier ruled out the possibility of blacking out itself. But the search giant changed its home page to show a black patch covering its logo to show its support for the campaign.

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    Full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz1jpgVEQ7H

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    Can't say I disagree with them, and nobody with internet access should be for this bill.

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    Google too.

    Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

    Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

    The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
    https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

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    For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia. Learn more.

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    It's strange Facebook didn't participate, they would get a lot of trouble if this bill passes.

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    Although I use it from time to time, I find wikipedia's existence somewhat problematic. Among other problems it causes, it contributes to a general cheapening of the printed word and thus undermines the ability of individuals to make a livelihood from the skill and craft of writing. Moreover, while I also use sites where free digitized (supposedly) "out of copyright" is made available, I believe such sites need to go. One could argue that google, for instance, in digitizing vast numbers of rare books is a boon to readers and researchers alike. But the quality of what they produce is sometimes fairly crappy, and again it works to undermine the skill and craft of writing. There is still a considerable amount of uncertainty as to the copyright status of many works that are now floating around free for all to consult. People are being denied legitimate revenues because monolithic corporations have decided to run roughshod over or exploit gray areas certain copyright laws, and this does need to stop.

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    Whilst I'm not for the bill one has to wonder, what does it prove other than the people that run Wikipedia and other sites having control over the easy availability of 'information' instead? I'd be wary of certain motives behind certain sites disagreeing with SOPA, when in reality they can pull the plug just as easily, spread disinformation or at the very least control what information is available and do an amount of coercion.

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    Maybe it should be made clear that this protest is not about Wikipedia or Google, but about everyone's Internet and Information Freedom.


    For American users, it may be vital to learn that with these Acts, if made law, it would be possible to enforce America-wide censorship of websites located outside the US, and confiscation / shutdown of any website located in the US under very broad and blurry terms.

    Service providers can be ordered to put any IP-address / domain name on a black list and not deliver the site (this is technically possible via the DNS servers over which users access the internet) and/or monitor all traffic (privacy gone). Search engines can be ordered to remove from their search results links to sites considered to "infringe American intellectual property" based on your machine's IP address. Now, this is not limited to patent breach / infringement and copyright infringement (aside from that they are questionable concepts anyway) and "piracy" thereof, but can mean virtually anything.


    On this site, the effect of the new PIPA in conjunction with SOPA are pointed out http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57...ffect-you-faq/
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    Quote Originally Posted by velvet View Post
    Service providers can be ordered to put any IP-address / domain name on a black list and not deliver the site (this is technically possible via the DNS servers over which users access the internet) and/or monitor all traffic (privacy gone). Search engines can be ordered to remove from their search results links to sites considered to "infringe American intellectual property" based on your machine's IP address. Now, this is not limited to patent breach / infringement and copyright infringement (aside from that they are questionable concepts anyway) and "piracy" thereof, but can mean virtually anything.
    Thanks to the gods for proxy servers.

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    So that is what is happening! I have noticed that a few web pages that I go on sometimes have been showing strange messages. I did not know what the deal was. Thanks.
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    You can bet that SOPA would have a bearing upon Skadi as well, no matter how rigorously we may enforce the "Fair Clause" Rule. What is officially to "protect from internet piracy" is designed as a limitless tool of social control and engineering.
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