Several widely popular Web sites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, went dark today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, dramatically raising the profile of this obscure but important issue.
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“The entertainment industry and its Congressional cronies tried to pull a fast one by attempting to pass SOPA with little to no transparency or public debate – and got their hands slapped by Wikipedia, Reddit, and other intentionally blacked-out sites.
“The effort is a tremendous public relations victory over SOPA in that millions of Internet users are now alerted to the proposed legislation’s very real threats to free speech, technical innovation, and due process. The blowback initiated by the blackouts promises a defeat of the legislation in the House or, failing that, a White House veto.”
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