They're Back! Wikipedia Ends 24-Hour Protest
A spokesperson for Wikipedia said four million people accessed the site’s tool directing users to his or her congressional representative and 90 million people learned about the proposed SOPA legislation thanks to the protest according to the New York Times.
Wikipedia was not the only website protesting SOPA on Wednesday. Boing Boing also went dark and Google put a black bar across the logo on its homepage.
The protest did not shut down the Internet, but the legislation may be dead on arrival. Some of the legislation’s co-sponsors withdrew their support for the bill on Wednesday. Senators Marco Rubio, Orrin Hatch and Roy Blunt, all Republicans, said the legislation was not ready for a vote in its current form.
Democratic supporters Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both from New York, acknowledged the bill was not perfect but did not withdraw their support.
“While the threat to tens of thousands of New York jobs due to online piracy is real and must be addressed, it must be done in a way that allows the Internet and our tech companies to continue to flourish,” the two said in a statement.
The goal of SOPA, and its counterpart PIPA, is to prevent movies and music produced in the United States from being downloaded illegally abroad. Wednesday’s protest was seen as a battle between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The latest wrangling in Congress would suggest Silicon Valley won the battle, but the war is not over yet.
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