Wikipedia, Reddit and others shut down to protest SOPA and PIPA

Popular websites blackout their homepages to protest Congress’ proposed Internet piracy legislation

Today, websites across the Internet are tapping into their Twisted Sister personas, telling Congress that, when it comes to proposed online piracy legislation, they’re not gonna take it.

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia and the social news website Reddit have blackedout their homepages to protest the House of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), both of which aim to crack down on foreign websites that sell counterfeit goods by requiring U.S. ISPs to block access to infringing sites, and online advertising networks to stop ads and search engines from linking to them. While Hollywood and major media companies support SOPA and PIPA, opponents say the legislation is too severe and could harm free speech while making legitimate Internet businesses vulnerable to litigation.

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