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pov
Jan 18th, 2012, 05:01 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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


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. 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 Wikipedians release their contributions under a free license, and all the material we offer is freely licensed. Free licenses are incompatible with copyright infringement, and so infringement is not tolerated.

Isn't SOPA dead? Wasn't the bill shelved, and didn't the White House declare that it won't sign anything that resembles the current bill?

No, neither SOPA nor PIPA is dead. On January 17th, SOPA's sponsor said the bill will be discussed in early February. There are signs PIPA may be debated on the Senate floor next week. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. In many jurisdictions around the world, we're seeing the development of legislation that prioritizes overly-broad copyright enforcement laws, laws promoted by power players, over the preservation of individual civil liberties.

How could SOPA and PIPA hurt Wikipedia?

SOPA and PIPA are a threat to Wikipedia in many ways. For example, in its current form, SOPA would require Wikipedia to actively monitor every site we link to, to ensure it doesn't host infringing content. Any link to an infringing site could put us in jeopardy of being forced offline.

I live in the United States. 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, and any similar legislation. Type your zipcode in the locator box to find your representatives' contact information. Text-based communication is okay, but phone calls have the most impact.

I don't live in the United States. How can I help?

Contact your local State Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or similar branch of government. Tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. SOPA and PIPA will affect sites outside of the United States, and actions to sites inside the United States (like Wikipedia) will also affect non-American readers -- like you. Calling your own government will also let them know you don't want them to create their own bad anti-Internet legislation.

Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?

Yes. During the blackout, Wikipedia is accessible on mobile devices and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by disabling JavaScript in your browser, as explained on this Technical FAQ page. Our purpose here isn't to make it completely impossible for people to read Wikipedia, and it's okay for you to circumvent the blackout. We just want to make sure you see our message.

I keep hearing that this is a fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Is that true?

No. Some people are characterizing it that way, probably in an effort to imply all the participants are motivated by commercial self-interest. But it's obviously not that simple. The proof of that is Wikipedia's involvement. Wikipedia has no financial self-interest at play here: we do not benefit from copyright infringement, nor are we trying to monetize traffic or sell ads. We are protesting to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA solely because we think they will hurt the Internet, and your ability to access information online. We are doing this for you, because we're on your side.

In carrying out this protest, is Wikipedia abandoning neutrality?

We hope you continue to trust Wikipedia to be a neutral information source. We are staging this blackout because (as Wikimedia Foundation Trustee Kat Walsh said recently), although Wikipedia’s articles are neutral, its existence is not. For over a decade, Wikipedians have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Wikipedia is a tremendously useful resource, and its existence depends upon a free, open and uncensored Internet. SOPA and PIPA (and other similar laws under discussion inside and outside the United States) will hurt you, because they will make it impossible for sites you enjoy, and benefit from, to continue to exist. That's why we're doing this.

I have a question that isn't answered here, or, I would like to send feedback to Wikipedia.

You can reach Wikipedia editors at info-en(at)wikimedia(dot)org. If you need a response, please be patient: we may have trouble keeping up with the mail.

As of 6AM PT, January 18, Google has more than 4,600 articles about the blackout.

fifty-fifty
Jan 18th, 2012, 08:20 PM
Amazing how many people on this board don't give a damn

PatrickRyan
Jan 18th, 2012, 08:34 PM
Wiki :yeah: we need to stop this stupid censorship bill

Dodoboy.
Jan 18th, 2012, 08:46 PM
:yeah:

Sean.
Jan 18th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Fully support Wiki! :yeah:

Americans, make sure y'all contact your representative: http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Tennisfan06
Jan 18th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Funny how I usually use wikipedia veeeeery rarely and today was the day where I needed to use that site several times :lol:

PatrickRyan
Jan 18th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Other websites should really be taking part in this as well! Especially youtube

currie84
Jan 18th, 2012, 10:09 PM
I fully support..the senators.This piracy thing has gotten out of control,i'm especially concerned about music industry which will simply cease to exist since every damn record made can be found on internet for free.

PatrickRyan
Jan 18th, 2012, 10:59 PM
This is not a communist country. We should have the right to search anything on the internet we want, without having the government tell us what we can and cannot view.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 18th, 2012, 11:04 PM
Fully support Wiki! :yeah:

Americans, make sure y'all contact your representative: http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

Full support here aswell :bounce:

ico4498
Jan 19th, 2012, 12:24 AM
Obama Says So Long SOPA

forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngaudiosi/2012/01/16/obama-says-so-long-sopa-killing-controversial-internet-piracy-legislation/)

Mistress of Evil
Jan 19th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Gosh, it is so tough without wikipedia. :crying2:

ico4498
Jan 19th, 2012, 12:42 AM
^ stop the loading before the blackout screen comes up.

ico4498
Jan 19th, 2012, 12:43 AM
& send wiki some $s ... they've been begging for a while.

wta_zuperfann
Jan 19th, 2012, 01:19 AM
Stop the government from its needless intrusionism!

saul1333
Jan 19th, 2012, 01:32 AM
Saw this on twitter :lol:

Under #SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song, one year more than the doctor who killed him.

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 19th, 2012, 01:48 AM
Saw this on twitter :lol:

Under #SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song, one year more than the doctor who killed him.

Dayum! :oh:

pov
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:48 AM
I fully support..the senators.This piracy thing has gotten out of control,i'm especially concerned about music industry which will simply cease to exist since every damn record made can be found on internet for free.
Have you researched the details of the bill? Or is this just a knee-jerk response?

fifty-fifty
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:49 AM
http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/how-copyright-industries-con-congress/

LeonHart
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:50 AM
Pay more attention to PIPA. That's the one that is going to pass.

pov
Jan 19th, 2012, 02:50 AM
Amazing how many people on this board don't give a damn
I had that thought but then I realized that as much as it sucks it's par for the course.

wta_zuperfann
Jan 19th, 2012, 07:30 PM
According to a media report I saw, SOPA/PIPA were defeated. Hopefully, this is true.

Sammo
Jan 19th, 2012, 08:00 PM
According to a media report I saw, SOPA/PIPA were defeated. Hopefully, this is true.

What?? The f*cking FBI has just closed Megaupload and Megavideo! :help: SOPA/PIPA are far from being defeated.

Kim's_fan_4ever
Jan 19th, 2012, 08:03 PM
My uni professor couldn't present us the stuff he wanted because wikipedia wasn't working :crying2:

pov
Jan 19th, 2012, 10:10 PM
My uni professor couldn't present us the stuff he wanted because wikipedia wasn't working :crying2:
:eek: It's more a little scary to hear that a Professor is - in real-time - relying on any website for his teaching materials.

miffedmax
Jan 20th, 2012, 12:33 AM
I don't know of a single writer or musician friend of mine who supports this bill, and we're the ones who produce this "intellectual property." Copyright laws already protect your intellectual property, regardless of what medium it is in.

Shadowcat
Jan 20th, 2012, 12:57 PM
As you heard megauplaod is down probably because of SOPA.

What are SOPA and PIPA and why are people upset?

This is all because of two pieces of legislation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and its Senate companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The purpose of these bills is to make it harder for sites — especially those located outside the United States — to sell or distribute pirated copyrighted material such as movies and music as well as physical goods such as counterfeit purses and watches. Even most of SOPA and PIPA’s strongest opponents applaud the intentions of the legislation while deploring what it might actually accomplish.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2012/01/18/what-are-sopa-and-pipa-and-why-all-the-fuss/

WHAT TO DO BEFORE IT HAPPEN

http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneywisewomen/2012/01/18/sopa-and-pipa-top-7-things-to-do-during-the-internet-blackout/

STOP THEM!!! :fiery:

pov
Jan 20th, 2012, 01:07 PM
There's also a thread on this here: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=452022

Yoncé
Jan 20th, 2012, 01:07 PM
The 24 hours with out Wikipedia was disturbingly torturous :sobbing:

pov
Jan 20th, 2012, 01:18 PM
I don't know of a single writer or musician friend of mine who supports this bill, and we're the ones who produce this "intellectual property." Copyright laws already protect your intellectual property, regardless of what medium it is in.
Yeah. The thing is that because many published writers and musicians are in contract with one mega-corp or another, those corps see the songs, film, etc as their property.

claypova
Jan 20th, 2012, 09:40 PM
The 24 hours with out Wikipedia was disturbingly torturous :sobbing:

this! who would've thought .. :sobbing:

dybbuk
Jan 20th, 2012, 09:45 PM
As you heard megauplaod is down probably because of SOPA.

What are SOPA and PIPA and why are people upset?

This is all because of two pieces of legislation: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and its Senate companion bill, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The purpose of these bills is to make it harder for sites — especially those located outside the United States — to sell or distribute pirated copyrighted material such as movies and music as well as physical goods such as counterfeit purses and watches. Even most of SOPA and PIPA’s strongest opponents applaud the intentions of the legislation while deploring what it might actually accomplish.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrymagid/2012/01/18/what-are-sopa-and-pipa-and-why-all-the-fuss/

WHAT TO DO BEFORE IT HAPPEN

http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneywisewomen/2012/01/18/sopa-and-pipa-top-7-things-to-do-during-the-internet-blackout/

STOP THEM!!! :fiery:

I don't think it had much if anything to do with them. The government had been investigating Megaupload and trying to find a way to shut them down for about two years. It's why the bill is stupid anyways, the government already has the power to punish people for this. The US government has been so damn shady for the past year though. I know they've been that way before now, but it seems especially apparent for the past 12 months or so. You would think the government has better things to do than trying to shut down websites for having illegal pictures of celebrities, ya know, like finding a way for our dysfunctional clusterfuck Congress to work.

And to currie for supporting this, do you realize under the law the US government would be within their rights to shut down any site that has pirated material on it? This could include websites like Youtube, tumblr, Twitter, etc. This is much, much bigger than just making it easier to prosecute individual piracy.

dybbuk
Jan 20th, 2012, 09:51 PM
Saw this on twitter :lol:

Under #SOPA, you could get 5 years for uploading a Michael Jackson song, one year more than the doctor who killed him.

My favorite thing I sas was a quote that went something like "MEGAUPLOAD IS DOWN, THE INTERNET HAS FALLEN. THEY ARE COMING.". :sobbing:

saul1333
Jan 20th, 2012, 10:16 PM
SOPA blackout: 5 reasons why it worked

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120119/sopa-blackout-protest-yields-results

fifty-fifty
Jan 22nd, 2012, 01:05 AM
https://p.twimg.com/Ajt4snjCMAAc_6P.jpg:large

hellas719
Jan 23rd, 2012, 12:34 AM
In Greek, sopa means shut up and pipa means blow job :oh:

Nicolás89
Jan 23rd, 2012, 01:45 AM
My favorite thing I sas was a quote that went something like "MEGAUPLOAD IS DOWN, THE INTERNET HAS FALLEN. THEY ARE COMING.". :sobbing:

I read a facebook phrase that said "72 minutes of silence for megaupload" it cracked me up. :lol:

eck
Jan 23rd, 2012, 04:24 AM
Filesonic and Uploaded.to are no longer offering file hosting services, apparently.

Mynarco
Jan 23rd, 2012, 05:26 AM
Disgusting. Now sit back and watch other websites being clamped down

TTomek
Jan 23rd, 2012, 09:56 AM
FileServe can only be used to download and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally.
If this file belongs to you, please login to download it directly from your file manager.

:(

Szavay #1
Jan 24th, 2012, 06:33 PM
rapidfire is complying so no drama there.