Websites such as online encyclopedia Wikipedia and blog Boing Boing, have joined in a protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) by blacking out their websites for a day. With white letters on a black background, Wikipedia writes on its website that “Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge, For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia”. Boing Boing took a more dire stance stating that “Boing Boing is offline today because the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever. The legislation … would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement”. Google also participated in the blackout by having its name covered by a black box (though the site is still accessible).
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