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SOPA and PIPA - Learn more
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Why is Wikipedia blacked-out? Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media. What are SOPA and PIPA? SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the "Stop Online Piracy Act," and PIPA is an acronym for the "Protect IP Act." ("IP" stands for "intellectual property.") In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. GovTrack lets you follow both bills through the legislative process: SOPA on this page ( , and PIPA on this one ( /congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-968) . The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable ( in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet. Why is the blackout happening? Wikipedians have chosen to black out the English Wikipedia for the first time ever, because we are concerned that SOPA and PIPA will severely inhibit people's access to online information. This is not a problem that will solely affect people in the United States: it will affect everyone around the world. Why? SOPA and PIPA are badly drafted legislation that won't be effective at their stated goal (to stop copyright infringement), and will cause serious damage to the free and open Internet. They put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression. Does this mean that Wikipedia itself is violating copyright laws, or hosting pirated content? No, not at all. Some supporters of SOPA and PIPA characterize everyone who opposes them as cavalier about copyright, but that is not accurate. Wikipedians are knowledgeable about copyright and vigilant in protecting against violations: Wikipedians spend thousands of hours every week reviewing and removing infringing content. We are careful about it because our mission is to share knowledge freely. To that end, all

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SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. laws promoted by power players. but phone calls have the most impact. as explained on this Technical FAQ page ( Wikipedians release their contributions under a free license. Any link to an infringing site could put us in jeopardy of being forced offline. and actions to sites inside the United States (like Wikipedia) will also affect non-American readers -. the free encyclopedia http://en. 2 of 4 1/18/2012 7:44 PM . because we're on your side. nor are we trying to monetize traffic or sell ads. I don't live in the United you. or similar branch of government. and all the material we offer is freely licensed. There are signs PIPA may be debated on the Senate floor next week. Wikipedia has no financial self-interest at play here: we do not benefit from copyright infringement. Wikipedia is accessible on mobile devices and smart phones.Learn more . Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way? Yes. How can I help? Contact your local State Department. We are protesting to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA solely because we think they will hurt the Internet. Is that true? No. For example. What's the best way for me to help? The most effective action you can take is to call your representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA. SOPA's sponsor said the bill will be discussed in early February. and your ability to access information online. Calling your own government will also let them know you don't want them to create their own bad anti-Internet legislation. Some people are characterizing it that way.SOPA and PIPA . SOPA and PIPA will affect sites outside of the United States. and it's okay for you to circumvent the blackout. Text-based communication is okay. neither SOPA nor PIPA is dead.Wikipedia. Ministry of Foreign Affairs. and any similar legislation. we're seeing the development of legislation that prioritizes overly-broad copyright enforcement laws. I keep hearing that this is a fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. You can also view Wikipedia normally by disabling JavaScript in your browser. to ensure it doesn't host infringing content. We are doing this for you. The proof of that is Wikipedia's involvement. Type your zipcode in the locator box to find your representatives' contact information (https://writerep. We just want to make sure you see our message. In many jurisdictions around the world. and so infringement is not . Isn't SOPA dead? Wasn't the bill shelved.wikimedia.shtml) . Our purpose here isn't to make it completely impossible for people to read Wikipedia. Free licenses are incompatible with copyright infringement. and any similar legislation. and didn't the White House declare that it won't sign anything that resembles the current bill? No. But it's obviously not that simple. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA. SOPA would require Wikipedia to actively monitor every site we link to. How could SOPA and PIPA hurt Wikipedia? SOPA and PIPA are a threat to Wikipedia in many ways. I live in the United States.wikipedia. over the preservation of individual civil liberties. probably in an effort to imply all the participants are motivated by commercial self-interest. in its current On January 17th. Moreover. During the blackout.

html) and FEATURE: Websites blackout over 'SOPA censorship' (http://www. and its existence depends upon a free. from BusinessWeek SOPA protest: The Net strikes back (http://www. other sites go black in SOPA protest (http://latimesblogs. Wikipedians have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human /17/why-is-there-going-to-be-a-wikipedia-blackout-and-what-is-sopa/) . although Wikipedia’s articles are In carrying out this protest. from the Los Angeles Times Google Rallies Opposition to Murdoch-Backed Anti-Piracy Bill (http://www. the free encyclopedia http://en. please be patient: we may have trouble keeping up with the mail. /201211845612779961.html) . Wikipedia is a tremendously useful resource. open and uncensored /entertainmentnewsbuzz/2012/01/wikipedia-craigslist-other-sites-shut-down-in-sopablackout. I would like to send feedback to Wikipedia.html) .wikimedia.Learn more . What can I read to get more information? Try these links: Wikipedia's articles on SOPA and PIPA Statement from Wikipedia editors announcing decision to black out Wikimedia Foundation press release Blog post from Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner (http://blog. I have a question that isn't answered here. /news/2012-01-18/google-rallies-opposition-to-murdoch-backed-anti-piracy-bill. from the National Post Wikipedia joins blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves ( /2012/jan/17/wikipedia-blackout-tech-firms-sopa?newsfeed=true) Electronic Frontier Foundation blog post on the problems with SOPA/PIPA (https://www. January 18.html) . MPAA boss claims ( Here are a few: Why is Wikipedia staging a blackout and what is SOPA? (http://news. is Wikipedia abandoning neutrality? We hope you continue to trust Wikipedia to be a neutral information source. For over a decade. Google has more than 4.wikipedia.SOPA and PIPA .org /deeplinks/2012/01/how-pipa-and-sopa-violate-white-house-principles-supporting-free-speech) As of 6AM PT. because they will make it impossible for sites you enjoy. You can reach Wikipedia editors at info-en(at)wikimedia(dot) and benefit from.html) .eff. from the British Broadcasting Corporation Wikipedia blackout over US anti-piracy bills (http://www. from Al Jazeera Wikipedia.Wikipedia. That's why we're doing this. to continue to exist. from the Guardian 3 of 4 1/18/2012 7:44 PM . We are staging this blackout because (as Wikimedia Foundation Trustee Kat Walsh said recently). SOPA and PIPA (and other similar laws under discussion inside and outside the United States) will hurt /news/technology-16590585) .com/news/stories/0112/71584. its existence is not.600 articles about the blackout. from Politico Wikipedia blackout a 'gimmick'. If you need a

com/tech-policy/news/2012 /01/protesting-sopa-what-you-can-do. from Wired Retrieved from " Wikipedia 24-hour blackout: a reader (http://www.nytimes. additional terms may apply. 4 of 4 1/18/2012 7:44 PM . Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike . a non-profit organization. from CBS News Protest on Web Uses Shutdown to Take On Two Piracy Bills ( . See Terms of use for details. from the New Statesman Internet-wide protests against SOPA/PIPA are kicking up a storm (http://www.wired.php?title=Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more& oldid=471995975" This page was last modified on 18 January 2012 at 14:53. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia /8301-503544_162-57360665-503544/sopa-pipa-what-you-need-to-know/) .com ( /wikipedia-legislation) and Why we're taking Wikipedia down for a day (http://www.cbsnews.html?_r=1&hp) .wikipedia.newstatesman.aspx) .org/w/index. by the Hindustan Times SOPA. PIPA: What you need to know ( /18/technology/web-wide-protest-over-two-antipiracy-bills.hindustantimes.ars) . the free encyclopedia from the New York Times Protesting SOPA: how to make your voice heard (http://arstechnica.Wikipedia.SOPA and PIPA .Learn more .wikipedia. from Ars Technica Why We've Censored Wired. Inc.

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