Wikipedia, Google Protest Wavering Anti-Piracy Bills

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 5:21 PM EST) -- Wikipedia on Wednesday will stage a 24-hour blackout of its online encyclopedia as part of a protest against anti-piracy bills awaiting congressional approval, the website announced Monday, joining Google Inc. in opposing the controversial legislation.

Pursuant to a decision made by Wikipedia's user community, the website's English-language section will be suspending its usual operations in order to protest the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP acts, which critics argue will harm free speech in the virtual space if passed into law.

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