Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular websites, has confirmed it will “go dark” on Wednesday for 24-hour along with Reddit and the blog Boing Boing site webmasters who are opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) being debated by Congress.
[box_dark]Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, told the BBC: “Proponents of Sopa have characterised the opposition as being people who want to enable piracy or defend piracy.”
“But that’s not really the point. The point is the bill is so over broad and so badly written that it’s going to impact all kinds of things that, you know, don’t have anything to do with stopping piracy.”[/box_dark]
The Sopa’s bills are designed to provide the government and copyright holders with powers to block access to “rogue websites dedicated to infringing or counterfeit goods”.
[box_dark]On Saturday the White House issued a statement that appeared to side with critics of the Acts saying:
“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.”[/box_dark]