Today many websites are “going dark” (aka blocking access to content) to illustrate what it would be like if the internet censorship bills PIPA (‘PROTECT IP Act of 2011’) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) are passed. It is widely claimed by supporters that these bills are meant to protect copyright holders. But copyright holders already have laws in place to protect them – and there is a history of successful intellectual property cases during the development of the internet to back-up these laws and show that nothing further is really necessary at this time. Copyright holders should be able to protect their work but they should not have the ultimate power to shut down or censor entire websites.
Here is a short video outlining the problems with PIPA
As Wikipedia is one of the supporters of today’s blackout please read the bills via their links above and consider writing to your state’s representatives via sites like this: http://americancensorship.org/