SOPA blackout: Websites go dark to protest

  • Websites go dark to protest SOPA and PIPA The Internet sent a loud message to Congress in a coordinated blackout of websites on Jan. 18. to protest the anti-piracy bills, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). It was reported that 75,000 websites took part in the protest. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. and House Judiciary Committee chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas ultimately shelved both bills in the Senate and the House.

    The internet's most popular destinations have launched an audacious experiment in political activism by urging their users to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act. Wikipedia's English-language pages went completely black at 9 p.m. PT, with a splash page saying "the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet." The online encyclopedia's blackout, intended to precede next week's Senate floor vote on the legislation, is scheduled to last 24 hours.