Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge... Do you follow the actions taken in response to PIPA and SOPA Acts?
Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are the two controversial bills in Congress that propose to impose some strict regulations and consequences related to the online piracy. While the concern is legitimate it is also believed that the act will stifle the creativity, freedom of speech and impose impossible to maintain restrictions on some file sharing and open source services.
In response many major services taken actions in protest:
- English language Wikipedia blocked out their services for 24 hours.
- Polish Wikipedia decided not to block their services not to punish Polish citizens for the actions of American politicians, but they posted announcement of support and a reminder that we are all responsible for the ethical behavior in the cyber space.
- Google put the petition to sign urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
- Flickr.com offers its users option of darkening their and other photos for 24 hours.
- Twitter is trending #stopsopa and #sopa
- Wired.com cover page is censored and links to the article "Why we've Censored Wired.com"
|Wikipedia blacked out in protest Jan 18, 2012|
|Google call to take action and sign the petition|
|Flick allow users to darken photos for 24 hours|
|Wired.com blocked with rollover effect|