×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Wikipedia To Stage Blackout to Protest Anti-Piracy Bills

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales said that the site will black out on Wednesday in protest of pending anti-piracy legislation.

Wales announced the blackout in a tweet on Monday, calling it a “decision of the Wikipedia.”
Wikipedia is so far the highest profile of all of the sites to stage a blackout. Even though the White House gave a big setback to the anti-piracy bills over the weekend, announcing that it was opposed to portions of the legislation, champions in Congress still plan to move forward.

Although supporters of the anti-piracy legislation, including Hollywood studios and most of its guilds, won significant bipartisan in Congress, they’ve had a tough time in conveying their message on the P.R. front. The central argument that the bills would help preserve jobs has been overshadowed by opponents’ alarm that the legislation threatens the freedom of the Internet.

Other sites like Reddit and Boing Boing also have announced plans to shut down.

The Stop Online Piracy Act is pending in the House Judiciary Committee, and the PROTECT IP Act is facing a floor vote in the Senate.

“Rumors of the death of SOPA may be premature. But Senate version going strong,” Wales wrote in one of a series of tweets.

He even related the protest to Martin Luther King Jr. Wales wrote, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” MLK – on Wednesday, Wikipedia demands.”
Wikipedia’s 24-hour protest will take place only on its domestic site. Wales noted that Wikipedia generates 25 million visitors a day around the globe, according to comScore.

More Voices

  • Hollywood Has Come Far With Diversity

    An Insider's Look at Hollywood's Diversity Efforts and How Far It Still Needs to Go

    I am a white man working in Hollywood. I grew up in Beverlywood, an all-white, predominantly Jewish, Los Angeles neighborhood sandwiched between 20th Century Fox Studios and MGM, where my elementary school had only one black student. I am compelled to write about diversity in Hollywood because “diversity” — in front of and behind the camera [...]

  • Venice Film Festival A Star is

    How Venice, Toronto and Telluride Festivals Stole Cannes' Luster (Column)

    In all the years I’ve been attending film festivals, I have never seen a lineup that looked as good on paper as Venice’s did this fall, boasting new films by Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Damien Chazelle (“First Man”), Paul Greengrass (“22 July”), Mike Leigh (“Peterloo”) and the Coen brothers (“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”) in competition, [...]

  • Black Women in Medicine BTS

    Hollywood Needs to Include People With Disabilities on Both Sides of the Camera (Guest Column)

    In five years, nothing has changed. Despite open calls for greater diversity and inclusion, recent research shows that there was little change in the number of characters with disabilities in popular films in 2017. A study conducted by the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism found that [...]

  • Seven Seconds

    Fighting the Racial Bias at the Core of Hollywood’s Cop Shows (Guest Column)

    If fiction is the lie that tells a deeper truth, the TV crime genre has been, for the most part, the lie that simply tells a lie. As a storyteller (Veena) and an advocate for racial justice (Rashad), we collaborated for the past two-and-a-half years in an attempt to reimagine the roles of cops, victims, [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein Trial

    Column: Documentarian Barry Avrich Ponders Whether Harvey Weinstein Will Be Convicted

    Will Harvey Weinstein go to jail? That’s perhaps the most debated topic in Hollywood. It’s a question that makes me miss my friend Dominick Dunne, the controversial Vanity Fair columnist who would have already succeeded in interview-ing the chambermaids at Harvey’s sex-addiction clinic. Dunne once prophetically told me there would be a massive reckoning in Hollywood. He [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content