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Web Piracy Battle Is Tough To Call; Losing Wikipedia Made Big Impact

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    Web piracy battle is tough call; losing Wikipedia made big impact - Chicago Sun-Times (click for full article)

    "Wow. It's hard to remember a single protest event touching as many lives as Wednesday's cyberspace howl against legislation in Congress to stop online piracy of U.S. movies, TV, music and books.

    No research could be done on the English language version of Wikipedia as it was blacked out for a time. Google placed a black placard over its own name. Other major websites had their own form of protest messages, often blacking out content. Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party made a lot of noise with their demonstrations but they never got in the face of so many people as did the Wednesday show of solidarity against the anti-piracy legislation.


    And it worked. From Twitter to Facebook, Americans registered objections, in the millions in online petitions, to what they see as a threat of censorship of the Internet. Legislation that once enjoyed broad bipartisan support suddenly saw lawmakers from across the spectrum shouting: Slow down.


    The measure - actually two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate - is aimed at foreign sites that steal, and that's the only word for it, the copyright-protected intellectual property of writers, movie and TV producers, and composers."
     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/in-antipiracy-debate-media-worlds-and-generations-clash.html?_r=1
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    A Clash of Media Worlds (and Generations)



    "BACK in high school they always told us that brains prevail - that cool gets you only so far.

    Well, last week, smarts won - at least one round. Wikipedia went dark and Google blacked out its logo, as the brainiacs of Silicon Valley tilted at the A-list media giants of Hollywood and New York.


    At issue were two antipiracy bills that few Americans had even heard of. Suddenly, though, people were buzzing about SOPA and PIPA - short for the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.


    The bills were put forward by the entertainment industry to combat unauthorized downloads of movies, music and television via foreign Web sites. The technorati argue that the legislation would hand the government Orwellian powers over the Internet."
     
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