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Websites Protest SOPA & PIPA

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You may find your online activities interrupted tomorrow (January 18) by a protest against the proposed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) bills.

The list of participating websites is growing quickly. Their protests range from banners expressing their protest to actually shutting down for the day. Some of the more well-known are:

Google
Wikipedia
Reddit
Internet Archive
Greenpeace
Syracuse University

While these interruptions may prove frustrating, they will also provide a teachable moment.

The Cliff’s Notes version of the controversy is that the bills are intended to protect Intellectual Property but are more far-reaching and may encroach on free speech and contain language that suggests censorship.

If you would like to learn more about the proposed legislation, there are many articles out there – all with their fair share of bias. This link seems to be rather straightforward.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/sopa-vs-pipa-anti-piracy-bills-uproar-explained/

Here are the links to the proposed legislation
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/show
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-s968/show

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