Many prominent webpages on the internet are taking the day off today.
In a very unified protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that Congress is thinking about passing many of the most visited pages on the internet are participating in a blackout.
The idea of SOPA is to stop illegal use of American copyrights, many from foreign websites. While that might sound good in theory, the discombobulated legislature would would likely shut down websites like Reddit, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook and many other heavy hitters in the web world.
So in a sign of solidarity among the major players on the internet pages like Google, Wikipedia and Craigslist are ‘blacked’ out today.
Many of the sites participating in the blackout will still function as normal just blacking out their logo. Like Google:
But others like Craigslist are using this day to just raise awareness for their cause against SOPA before allowing regular access to their sites.
Wikipedia is completely shutting down for the day. You can not use the site as normal, you will get redirected to this page:
And you can read all about SOPA and how to join in their cause, but you can’t use Wikipedia in it’s normal state.
All the sites will be back to normal tomorrow. As for SOPA, it seems to be close to dead, but the fact it is not dead is still bothering everyone who is against it.