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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Internet On Strike? Not Exactly…

Filed under: Geek Stuff | Mac Stuff |

This is a valid protest against the SOPA and ProtectIP legislation in Congress. By the way, SOPA has according to the Examiner, has already been killed in the House, while protesters are still working on killing ProtectIP in the Senate.
Anyway, here’s what I found on Wiki:

And over at Battlestar Wiki:

And as a result, for a 24-hour period which began at 0500 GMT today, it will remain so.
BUT...

...all is not lost if you have an iOS device…install the free Wikipanion app for iPad and iPhone, and you can still access the English-language wikis, so long as your particular wiki is included in the search engines of the app, which these two are.
Here’s an e-mail release from ALGNews.org:

ALG praises Wikipedia.org and Other Websites for Striking Against
Online Censorship Bill

Jan. 18, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Wikipedia.org and other websites that are striking against legislation that would censor the Internet:
“Wikipedia and other websites are to be praised for going black today, and showing what the world might be like without websites that depend on user contributions. Whether intended or not, SOPA and PIPA will result in a regime of censorship on the Internet, particularly targeted at sites that allow users to upload content without restriction.
“Because of the broad language of the bills in both houses, any site that allegedly ‘facilitates’ features that could be used for posting copyrighted materials could be targeted, along with their revenue streams and visibility in search engines, by the government. The problem is that’s any site that allows uploading, which is practically every social network and blogging website on the Internet.
“Existing protections under the Digital Copyright Millennium Act already provide for the removal of copyrighted material from user-based websites, and give safe harbor to sites that actively remove content that violates intellectual property.  SOPA and PIPA will override those safe harbor provisions, and take the posture that websites are guilty until proven innocent.  In a free society, that is unacceptable.  It is un-American.”

I absolutely agree with this statement. I am only pointing out the chink in the Internet strike’s armor.

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