Wikipedia Is Going Dark To Protest Legislation Against Piracy

Wikipedia is joining other websites in a protest against a bill that is currently being heard in Congress — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which is being heard in the House of Representatives and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) which is currently up for vote in the Senate.

As part of the protest, the site will go black for 24 hours on Wednesday. This is the first time the community site has staged such a protest. The Wikipedia blog explains the protest: “It is the opinion of the English Wikipedia community that both of these bills, if passed, would be devastating to the free and open web.”

Sue Gardner, Executive Director of Wikipedia explains further in the blog post: “We think everyone should have access to educational material on a wide range of subjects, even if they can’t pay for it. We believe in a free and open Internet where information can be shared without impediment.”