Imagine a World
Without Free Knowledge
At 05:00 UTC, that is 13:00 SGT, Wikipedia launched a “blackout” as “a protest against proposed legislation in the United States —the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECTIP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate”. Both these bills are meant to protect the copyrights of digital medias, but it is believed that with the passing of these bills, Internet providers could be required to block websites that provide links to illegal digital files. This could mean that major searching engines could be stopped from linking to them and many other web-hosting sites would be held responsible if any of their users post a link to an illegal media file.
According to Wikipedia, SOPA is supposed to “expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods” and PROTECT IP says that an “information location tool shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures, as expeditiously as possible, to remove or disable access to the Internet site associated with the domain name set forth in the order”.
Wikipedia user Bhavesh had commented:
Wikipedia is the best of the best things about the Internet.
Some netizens believe that this “blackout” is symbolic because it symbolises how the freedom of knowledge and speech and expression would be blacked out with the passing of the two laws.
Many other major websites are also supporting anti-SOPA.
This is liberty?