Wikipedia, the most visited online encyclopedia is joining the campaign against internet piracy bill by blacking out its English language website for 24 hours starting at midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday.
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, said that “This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation (SOPA/PIPA) which is dangerous for an open Internet.”
The decision to black out the site was made by Wikipedia community of writers and editors by voting. During the blackout hours, more than 25 million daily-based visitors of Wikipedia would be able to see information about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act, ultimately urging them to vote against the bills.
Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and eBay all big names are opposing this legislation and Google has even commented that such bill will hurt the investment. The future of internet will be upside down if these two bills are imposed on tech industries. Let’s see the how it turns out to be for all of them.