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Wikipedia Latest and Biggest to Join SOPA Protest

As this story goes to post, Wikipedia is four hours from going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA.  Wikipedia is certainly the most public and probably largest internet property to take the unprecedented step of shutting down their service to protest the impending legislation.  Wikipedia follows other well known tech entities like Reddit, I CanHazCheeseburger Network, O’Reilly Media and WordPress.org in shutting down on Wednesday.

Wikipedia is planning on replacing their standard interface with information about SOPA and PIPA, protest links and phone numbers of U.S. Representatives and Senators.  Other protesting sites will also be providing similar information on their homepages.

SOPA/PIPA reaches deeply into the MCDM curriculum.  We teach the content authoring skills that SOPA supporters are trying to protect.  We teach the ethics and practices of free and unfettered internet access.  MCDMers are at the vanguard in strategizing to content monetization.  Its hard for many of us to take a confident definitive stance on SOPA because the legislation is like a house of mirrors when it comes to what we do here at the MCDM.

In the spirit of innovation and debate, we at the Flip ask you to weigh in on the issues.  Do you support SOPA/PIPA?  Are you vehemently against SOPA/PIPA?  Are you confused by SOPA/PIPA?  We want to here from you.  Let us know what you think about these pressing issues.  Please comment below.

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4 Responses to Wikipedia Latest and Biggest to Join SOPA Protest

  1. himanshu says:

    i support SOPA protest..

  2. Shilpa says:

    I am in total opposition to this, if this attempts to restrict the common users from accessing free information available on ‘Wikipedia’ or similar sites.

  3. I think one of the scariest parts of the bill is the unilateral control the government will have both foreign and domestically in which to define copyright and the ability to transcend borders.

    The second, could hinder the very essence of free speech, the comments of an average user that may some how infringe on a copyright law can become a Felony. Now it seems as though it would be difficult to administer this due to the shear scope of the internet, so my guess is large sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and large social sites like these will suffer the wrath first. Thus as stated loosing the ability to share and co-evolve information.

    The Internet should remain the place for unfettered information and free speech. On the other hand stealing and piracy of content is wrong. How do we craft a bill that helps with this without hurting our civil liberties?

    Check out this article for more information
    http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/

    The full law here:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261:

  4. To start I am opposed to the current Bill, against piracy and all for the spread of free knowledge…

    I think one of the scariest parts of the bill is the unilateral control the government will have both foreign and domestically in which to define copyright and the ability to transcend borders.

    The second, could hinder the very essence of free speech, the comments of an average user that may some how infringe on a copyright law can become a Felony. Now it seems as though it would be difficult to administer this due to the shear scope of the internet, so my guess is large sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and large social sites like these will suffer the wrath first. Thus as stated loosing the ability to share and co-evolve information.

    The Internet should remain the place for unfettered information and free speech. On the other hand stealing and piracy of content is wrong. How do we craft a bill that helps with this without hurting our civil liberties?

    Check out this article for more information
    http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/

    The full law here:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.3261:

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