Wikipedia, Google, Others Lead Internet "Strike" to Protest Anti-Piracy Bill
By Chris Bentley in News on Jan 18, 2012 5:00PM
Reddit, Wired, and Mozilla are also "on strike" today to protest two bills before Congress that they say would cripple the open nature of the internet. If the function of a website “enables or facilitates” copyright infringement, the proposed legislation could find that site “dedicated to the theft of US property” — a definition many say is unreasonably broad.
Proponents of the bill, notably record companies and Hollywood, say they only aim to quell online theft and protect intellectual property from piracy, not choke the free flow of information.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Arianna Huffington and a veritable roll call of internet titans voiced their opposition to the bills in an open letter sent to Washington in December.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin supports the Senate’s version of the bill. Senator Mark Kirk said he is opposed to it, although he has received more money from groups supporting the bill than from those opposed.
For now, our storefronts stay open in the ist-a-verse. And if Wikipedia plays Lysistrata with your internet info-lust any longer, there's always the old-fashioned way.