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."