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Community-edited online encyclopedia's move is to seek support against proposed US anti-piracy legislationWikipedia, the popular community-edited online encyclopedia, will black out its English-language site for 24 hours to seek support against proposed US anti-piracy legislation that Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said threatens the future of the internet.
The service will be the highest profile name to join a growing campaign starting at midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday that will see it black out its page so that visitors will only see information about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).
The information will urge Wikipedia readers in the US to contact their local congressman to vote against the bills. Other smaller sites leading the campaign include Reddit.com and Cheezeburger.
"This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open internet," said Wales in an interview.
The decision to black out the site was decided by voting within the Wikipedia community of writers and editors who manage the free service, Wales said. The English language Wikipedia receives more than 25 million average daily visitors from around the world, according to comScore data.
The bills pit technology companies like Google and Facebook against the bill's supporters, including Hollywood studios and music labels, which say the legislation is needed to protect intellectual property and jobs.
The SOPA legislation under consideration in the House of Representatives aims to crack down on online sales of pirated American movies, music or other goods by forcing internet companies to block access to foreign sites offering material that violates US copyright laws.
Supporters argue the bill is unlikely to have an impact on US-based websites.
US advertising networks could also be required to stop online ads, and search engines would be barred from directly
linking to websites found to be distributing pirated goods.
Google has repeatedly said the bill goes too far and could hurt investment. Along with other Internet companies such as Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and eBay, it has run advertisements in major newspapers urging Washington lawmakers to rethink their approach.
White House officials raised concerns on Saturday about SOPA saying they believe it could make businesses on the internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech.
"We're happy to see opposition is building and that the White House has started to pay attention," said Wales.
News of the White House's comments prompted Rupert Murdoch, News Corp chief executive and a prominent supporter of the bill, to criticise the Obama administration.
"So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain
thievery," he posted on his personal Twitter account on Saturday.
News Corp owns a vast array of media properties from Fox TV, the Wall Street Journal to Twentieth Century Fox studios.
Wales said the bill in its current form was too broad and could make it difficult for a site like Wikipedia, which he said relies on open exchange of information.
He said the bill also places the burden of proof on the distributor of content in the case of any dispute over copyright ownership.
"I do think copyright holders have legitimate issues, but there are ways of approaching the issue that don't involvecensorship," Wales said
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Post time 2012-1-17 13:17:23 |Display all floors
Why people are so powerless in democracy?

The fat guy loved by the Sinophobic West.

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Post time 2012-1-17 13:20:51 |Display all floors
Looks like their are big flaws in democracy when this issue is becoming a problem.
Put out your right arm, hold back your left arm... <(=^.^=);

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Post time 2012-1-17 14:20:34 |Display all floors
Democracy is an old theme,we need something new.

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This post was edited by scrotymcbugerba at 2012-10-13 18:42

they will never be able to stop the pirating of info be it movies college books music what ever.once some thing gets digitized every body in the world LITERALLY can copy it if they have a computer. they can not stop it, and in order to get the ip address of a copy wright infringer on a peer to peer exchange they have to poison the seed . the only way to do that is to seed ,in effect they are giving away the copy righted material. screw them they can not stop it so they wine and call their paid politician. the sites they are talking about are "news services" but they only provide links to the latest movies and shows they are a failed business model because most people willing to pay for the "news service" are willing to pay for cable .the most annoying thing about stuff like this is the bill got shut down but the money did not go away so all the politicians on the take got their hands out to take the money and sell us down the river.
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Post time 2012-10-13 19:42:07 |Display all floors
timbatu Post time: 2012-1-17 11:17
Why people are so powerless in democracy?

I felt every ism either fallen or existed with life supporting machine are a fake and updated version of fudalism.Look sincerely the old faces are ruling its own people.The voting system in democracy has no credibility.Its a fake.Therefore peoples are powerless.

Protest bring beating in democratic style by peoples paidup police.

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Post time 2012-10-13 19:47:42 |Display all floors
aziz Post time: 2012-1-17 14:20
Democracy is an old theme,we need something new.

There's no problem with democracy itself. The problem is with the plutocracy and capitalism that's hiding behind it, that simply uses democracy for the interests of the few. That's why the indignados movement of the spanish and the aganaktismenoi movement of the Greeks said: "Real democracy now".

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