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Wikipedia shuts down for a day
Shekhar Dahal | 21 Jan 2012

Wikipedia calls blackout on its website to protest against SOPA and PIPA.

On January  18 world again plunged into dark age as Wikipedia started 24hour blackout of its English language articles . Wikipedia which has the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet joined 7,000 sites across the net protesting against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The internet companies are concerned that SOPA and PIPA if passed could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content. Google backed the protest by putting back banner over its iconic logo on its US home page, though its services where available. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has defended the decision to stage a global blackout by arguing “US law as it impacts the internet, can effect everyone”.

The blackout was not as comprehensive as it first appeared. It was possible to access Wikipedia pages through iphone, Blackberry and Smart phones and computer geeks posted simple details of how to get around blackout pages. Though uncharacteristic the blackout approach paid its dividend as a total of 18 US representatives said they no longer approved of the SOPA and PIPA ,as 4.5 million sign petition. What could be said that anti SOPA and anti PIPA movement has not gone unheard.