Wikipedia Co-Founder Considering Blackout in Response to Anti-Piracy Act

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Wikipedia might blackout in response to the Stop Online Piracy Act—at least according to co-founder Jimmy Wales, who posted the notion on his Talk Page this morning.

Wales suggested that users of the English version of the site stop using it in a similar fashion to the Italian version last October: “Do not underestimate our power—in my opinion, they are terrified of a public uprising about this.”

The Italian protest was in response to a law that would have forced Wikipedia to immediately dispose of material in response to defamation claims.

He later posted, “As Wikipedians may or may not be aware, a much worse law going under the misleading title of Stop Online Piracy Act is working its way through Congress on a bit of a fast track.”

For those not familiar with the bill, it would allow “the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of infringing on copyrights, or of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement,” according to Wikipedia itself.

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