Wikipedia to join SOPA blackout tomorrow Update: Google to post anti-SOPA notice on homepage

posted at 2:00 pm on January 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act, Wikipedia will go dark tomorrow. From 5 a.m. GMT tomorrow to 5 a.m. GMT Thursday, the English version of the website will be inaccessible to anyone around the globe. Instead, an explanatory letter will greet visitors and urge Wikipedia fans to contact Congress to express disapproval of the anti-piracy act. Wikipedia is the sixth-most visited site in the world, and it’s estimated 100 million English-speaking users will be affected.

Wikipedia’s participation is a definite boost to the Reddit-led anti-SOPA blackout, which, up to this point, had secured only the participation of lesser-known sites. Still, the decision by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to actively join the strike didn’t inspire other Internet bigwigs to follow. In fact, it just led to jeering. Twitter chief Dick Costolo, for example, tweeted, “That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.”

Nevertheless, Wales stands by his decision:

He said: “The general sentiment seemed to be that US law, as it impacts the internet, can affect everyone.

“As for me, what I am hoping is that people outside the US who have friends or family who are voters in the US, will ask them to make a call to their senator or representative, and I hope we send a broad global message that the internet as a whole will not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement.”

A major target of the protest, SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act), has already been effectively halted by opposition from the White House, but Wales said the blackout would go ahead anyway.

The news has led to good-natured admonitions to students to complete their homework early. Self-help articles like this one from The Washington Post offer tips to the Wikipedia-reliant to help them through a day without their crutch. As an opponent of SOPA, I hope Wikipedia’s stand against the legislation is rewarded rather than punished by users — that common visitors return in full force on Thursday. But, as a library lover, I can’t say I’d be too heartbroken if a day without Wikipedia also reminded students of the joys of non-online study.

Update: Google isn’t participating in the blackout, but neither are its executives mocking the concept. Instead, Google has settled on a nice little compromise:

Google said Tuesday that it will post a statement on its Web site voicing its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, joining a drive that will see Reddit, Wikipedia, and Boing Boing take their Web sites dark for a period of time on Jan. 18. Google’s actions will not be as dramatic as others — Reddit and Boing Boing will take their sites down for 12 hours starting at 8 a.m., while Wikipedia will black out its English content for 24 hours on Wednesday — but the company’s decision to use its U.S. home page means that its arguments regarding SOPA will reach a huge audience.

In a statement, Google’s news team said, “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet. So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”

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If it means no one will be able to see that shirt then I’m all for it.

Bishop on January 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

From 5 a.m. GMT tomorrow to 5 a.m. GMT Thursday

When?

Oh. Who cares.

lorien1973 on January 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Wikipedia doesn’t advertize. As long as the donations keep rolling in they can close as long as they want.

29Victor on January 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

In this case, any reasonable person not being paid directly from the coffers of Hollywood can oppose SOPA, but what is the next political cause that gets their panties in a wad?

pedestrian on January 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Oh man, a day without those horrible “PLZ PLZ OH PLZ GIVE $$$ 2 JIMMY” faux-gutwrenching banner ad appeals for donations to wikipedia.

(not that I dont support the principle, of course)

Jeddite on January 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Maybe the dude needs a blackout day so he can get rid of his Oriental shirts. Egads man!

Logus on January 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

SOPA and PIPA would make the Great Chinese Firewall look like a plaything. It needs to be stopped.

mythicknight on January 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Wow. A whole day of nobody being able to cite a Wikipedia entry as solid proof of an issue.

Southernblogger on January 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Only thing I use it for is astronomy and movie plots – there have been a lot of times I went there and found a lot of misinformation. It’s not very reliable for a lot of things.

Kelligan on January 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Jimmy Wales and Jon Huntsman have the same taylor, no?

SlaveDog on January 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Uh except for this

Les in NC on January 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Or is it tailor? Yes, I think it is.

SlaveDog on January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’ll try again

Les in NC on January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m a lumberjack, and I’m okay.
I sleep all night and I work all day.
I cut down trees. I wear geisha costumes,
Suspendies, and a bra.
I wish I’d been a girlie,
Just like my dear Papa.

NotCoach on January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

The WAPO article is…simply put – retarded.

Archive.org, google cache and bing cache and do not blackout, anyone with half a brain would be able to figure out how to access Wikipedia pages with zero trouble.

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Tina,

I don’t want to dash your dream of the online generation discovering libraries, but I’m pretty sure that Google caches will keep almost all of Wikipedia accessible.

wte9 on January 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Somebody get some ladders; the point is going over the heads of a bunch of posters.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM

When?

Oh. Who cares.

lorien1973 on January 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Look it up on Wikipedia. No wait…

forest on January 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Archive.org, google cache and bing cache and do not blackout, anyone with half a brain would be able to figure out how to access Wikipedia pages with zero trouble.

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

…the dimwits responsible for SOPA and PIPA dont know that… … …

Jeddite on January 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Jeddite on January 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Unless you’re a charity or religious organization… maybe a political organization too, I have little to no respect for organizations/businesses that ask for donations as a means of staying operational. Either charge a membership fee or find advertisers if you cannot afford to keep the website fluid with your own funds.

As for wikipedia and these other sites going black for a day?

And? It may get some people disgruntled, but I suspect few will actually complain to their Congressman about it and those that do hear from their constituents have either made up their minds long ago and/or are just waiting to see what the political winds and party establishment says they should do. When you have some politicians thinking that the internet is a series of tubes or that they invented it and their primary job seems to often be how much power and control they can throw around, SOPA is right up their alley.

Logus on January 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Oh man, a day without those horrible “PLZ PLZ OH PLZ GIVE $$$ 2 JIMMY” faux-gutwrenching banner ad appeals for donations to wikipedia.

Please check here for a solution to your pain.

Xasprtr on January 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM

But, as a library lover, I can’t say I’d be too heartbroken if a day without Wikipedia also reminded students of the joys of non-online study.

My university hasn’t allowed Wiki as a valid source in years. Not that I don’t use it, mind, but mainly as a jumping off point and as a resource for other citation-friendly sources.

tdpwells on January 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM

I applaud Jimmy Wales, more BIG sites should follow his lead. Instead of “A Day Without A Mexican” we should have “A Day Without The Internet”. I think it would do us all some good. Of course I will be hanging in the cloud that day but…

socalval on January 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Come Thursday there’s gonna be a whole lot of ‘dog ate my homework’ excuses.

reddevil on January 17, 2012 at 2:22 PM

SOPA and PIPA would make the Great Chinese Firewall look like a plaything. It needs to be stopped.

mythicknight on January 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

You are so right! It seems as if others don’t realize what is at stake and don’t understand that this is not about Wikipedia, but Congress.

If anyone is against Obamacare & Romneycare, then this is worse and you need to read about it.

Looks like we are in a minority, mythicknight:-) Well, at least so far.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Twitter chief Dick Costolo, for example, tweeted, “That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.”

Chief twit, Dick Costolo needs a clue: Wikipedia is not a business. It is organization devoted to getting information to people. Since SOPA and PIPA would make that goal vastly more difficult, Wikipedia should make every effort to try to stop these misguided and potentially speech chilling bills from becoming law.

thuja on January 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I should admit that Wikipedia going offline for a day would be good for me. I’m one of those people who will chase link after link after link at that place; I might research solar flares and find myself an hour later looking at pics of people with leprosy.

Bishop on January 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

SOPA is a terrible ham-handed solution to a minor problem. Hollywood and the RIAA are justifiably lobbying hard for this to protect their revenues, which is understandable but this Act is like Dodd Frank – something well intentioned that is in fact a total monster.

CorporatePiggy on January 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Jeddite on January 17, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Sounds like you use the site an awful lot there, Bub. People like you who should donate.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

It was sad to see Godaddy owner Bob Parsons, a conservative, on the wrong side of this.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you’re getting the best possible information.” -Michael Scott.

Akzed on January 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I’ll try again

Les in NC on January 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Dude, you should have just stated this rather link to it. Let everyone know how awesome Eric Cantor is!

“Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill.”

thuja on January 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

thuja on January 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

whenever someone does that there is an immediate requests for links, figured I’d save some time.

Les in NC on January 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I gave them money I admit it. Small amount. Then I told them in the comment box that I thought they sucked. Well, I put it nicer than that…no, basically I told them they sucked. They were ok for adults to look up answers to jeopardy questions or who had gone through college and just needed a reminder of the name of 1 of Henry’s 8 wives but for kids to use the site to base their whole packet of knowledge on a subject instead of going to source material was a travesty. I was paying to keep the site up for my own use I told them and that I had edited pages for neutrality but found it could be a full time job as the gender problems in mainstream articles were horribly biased. Usually I don’t care about crap like that but this site is used by kids so I felt I had to edit a certain article, and it led me to another which needed fixing for gender neutrality, and so on. Like I said, after the 4th page I was at my limit of fixing pronouns, political slights, general attitude and flow and felt like I should be a paid editor. I was done. The site is good for adults who can spot that kind of thing and understand it in context but for idiot children in the public school system already at a disadvantage that site just retards the next generation.

athenadelphi on January 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Good for Wikipedia. SOPA and its twin must not pass.

Speaking of Wikipedia, the hate it gets amazes me. I have learned so much by going there. No, it should not be listed as a source for research, but it can be a starting point. Each article has links to its sources, which a smart person will then go to himself. And yes, some pages are political, but most of the info is pretty decent.

McDuck on January 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Tina thanks for constantly keeping this issue relevant on here. It is serious and needs to be stopped and it needs as much exposure as possible. Frankly it hasn’t been getting enough attention from Conservative sources, so it’s nice to see someone has been consistently covering it!

Vaztor on January 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Although I’ve heard that SOPA has been “shelved”, it really hasn’t gone anywhere. As a long-time redditor, I’ll be lost without it :( Wiki is doing 24 hours? Reddit has pledged downtime for 12 hours.

Again, it’s just strange to see legislation being proposed and opposed by both political parties. Alas, SOPA and it’s PIPA sister bill is lousy legislation. I understand the need for copyright protection, but this is not the way to do it.

JetBoy on January 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

I agree that SOPA and PIPA are bad and this blackout will bring it to the attention of a wider audience, hopefully putting an end to them. But the bigger and more important effect will be to establish the willingess of sites to coordinate and shut down in this manner in reaction to laws that would hurt the internet and privacy. This could become a regular occurrence to combat bad regulations.

Crispian on January 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM

whenever someone does that there is an immediate requests for links, figured I’d save some time.

Les in NC on January 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

It’s a little more work, but I think it is good to tell people why the link is important and provide the link.

thuja on January 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

dude? wtf is he wearing

ted c on January 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM

All the people who are taking cheap shots at Wikipedia need a clue-by-four. Yes, the site isn’t reliable for serious research or to be held up as a sterling model for English grammar. We know that.

What’s important is the monstrous bill they’re protesting, because if it passes it will hurt websites that you DO like and that ARE more reliable. This is the online version of the Patriot Acts on steroids!

MelonCollie on January 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Thank you Tina for this thread!! I had posted info on this on a couple of the other HA threads, so glad to see you put this up.

As to other big sites, in addition WordPress & Mozilla also are protesting this SOPA/PIPA.

http://www.therightscoop.com/wikipedia-to-shut-down-for-24-hours-wednesday-in-protest-of-sopa/

http://wordpress.org/news/2012/01/help-stop-sopa-pipa

AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga delivered a letter to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that argues SOPA “pose[s] a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job creation, as well as to our nation’s cybersecurity.” On Wednesday, they ran the letter as a full-page ad in the New York Times.

“The solutions are draconian,” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said during an appearance at the MIT Sloan School of Management, according to The Christian Science Monitor. “There’s a bill that would require (Internet service providers) to remove URLs from the Web, which is also known as censorship last time I checked.”

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/tumblr-firefox-reddit-censor-websites-protest-sopa-154604369.html

This is not a light matter. Many people are now aware of what is going on in D.C. unless the MSM reports it:-)

From WordPress, here is a list of the States and what they are doing:

http://my.americancensorship.org/

I’m getting ready to do what I can and definitely contacting my U.S. House & Senate members!!

Hope everyone does the same. If we don’t, they will pass this Internet Killing legislation.

This is what the protests/blackouts are all about.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Sounds like you use the site an awful lot there, Bub. People like you who should donate.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 2:27 PM

swing and miss, acecoolguy.

Or, in vernacular more becoming of the subject at hand: FAIL

Jeddite on January 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

While I’m not a fan of Wikipedia’s blatant leftism, I do support their decision to black out. I think that if anyone should be criticized, it should be the twits from Twitter. Twitter is a high-profile Internet accessory, and needs to go down in protest of this un-Constitutional power grab by this imperial el-presidente, and his cronies in the Shadow Cabinet. Wikipedia needs to go down, Twitter needs to go down, Facebook needs to go down, MySpace, etc. I think the best show of force would be for GOOGLE to go dark. That would scare a lot of people, including un-elected, unaccountable, un-Constitutional government bureaucrats. Google’s toothless acquiescence to the resistance amounts to nothing. Really, I would like to see AOL and Comcast go dark, to protest this Soviet style diktat.

Virus-X on January 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It was sad to see Godaddy owner Bob Parsons, a conservative, on the wrong side of this.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I thot Godaddy had changed their mind. Will see if I can find the link or info on that.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oh noes, where will I get my inaccurate, deceptive “facts” from for a whole 24 hours. I’ll be forced to GULP watch the MSM news?

TheLastBrainLeft on January 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

McDuck on January 17, 2012 at 2:35 PM

I agree. I’ve used Wiki for many things–and I’ve chased down some of its sources. It is a good beginning point to searching out info.

There’s more to life than politics. I’ve used it for info on flowers, art, geography, calligraphy, history, etc.

I’ve even used it for politics if I’m trying to find out some basic biographical info.–then I try to confirm it elsewhere.

INC on January 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I don’t get the online piracy bit? How exactly does one hoist the Jolly Roger and steal my chest of gold online?

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Oh, and I think Wiki is absolutely right to do the blackout.

INC on January 17, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I don’t get the online piracy bit? How exactly does one hoist the Jolly Roger and steal my chest of gold online?

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

You have to be talented enough to produce digital media that people want to download for free instead of buy first.

Spliff Menendez on January 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM

“Hmmmm, I know what I’m going to do… I’m going to protest being shut down by shutting down.” Brilliant

/s

sadatoni on January 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Craigslist has this on all of there main page listings.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

It was sad to see Godaddy owner Bob Parsons, a conservative, on the wrong side of this.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM
I thot Godaddy had changed their mind. Will see if I can find the link or info on that.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I think you’re right. What I read was they may have had a “change” of mind, but nothing definite. This also may have been to stop the bleeding, that appears to have started with Reddit:-)

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/reddit-admins-announce-january-18-blackout-protest-sopa-062713699.html
The Godaddy link is within that yahoo site info; Mozilla too.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Craigslist has this on all of there main page listings.

portlandon on January 17, 2012 at 3:07 PM

This is what all the sites that can’t justify shutting down completely should do.

McDuck on January 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I don’t get the online piracy bit? How exactly does one hoist the Jolly Roger and steal my chest of gold online?

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Surely you jest. The politics behind “online piracy” involve the dubious assertion that every piece of data that is copied/otherwise not paid for, represents lost revenue for the MPAA or RIAA.

gryphon202 on January 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

“Hmmmm, I know what I’m going to do… I’m going to protest being shut down by shutting down.” Brilliant

/s

sadatoni on January 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Actually, I think it’s pretty smart. It’s basically going Galt for a day. Millions of people will become aware who otherwise wouldn’t pay attention until it was too late.

McDuck on January 17, 2012 at 3:14 PM

All jokes aside, it looks like to myself this is bad legislation that needs to be revised.

SC.Charlie on January 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

All jokes aside, it looks like to myself this is bad legislation that needs to be revised shit-canned.

SC.Charlie on January 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM

FIFY, Charlie. Absent a constitutional amendment, the federales have no business pulling this crap on us in any way shape or form.

gryphon202 on January 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

I thot Godaddy had changed their mind. Will see if I can find the link or info on that.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

He did. And?

Changing one’s mind is like changing a diaper. The sh*t already came out.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Good for y’all. Black out your site just like when the (D)’s 2010 “Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act” kill switch was being discussed, right? Jimmy? Reddit? Boing Boing? Google?
 
Hello? Jimmy?

rogerb on January 17, 2012 at 3:51 PM

FIFY, Charlie. Absent a constitutional amendment, the federales have no business pulling this crap on us in any way shape or form.

gryphon202 on January 17, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Actually, they do. My copy of the Constitution has a mandate for Congress to make laws securing patent and copyright protection.

SOPA is obviously the wrong answer to that mandate — the White House can see the writing on the wall and is setting itself up for a veto.

unclesmrgol on January 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Twitter chief Dick Costolo, for example, tweeted, “That’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish.”

He’s welcome to his feelings that this is only national politics, and the rest of us are welcome to ours.

unclesmrgol on January 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I love the twitter CEO’s comment.

Mbolic on January 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

“Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet. So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our US home page.”

I’m confused, are they opposed to the bills or not? From the way this statement reads, they are trying to play both sides of the fence. What do they mean by “smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet.”? Do they want American companies to censor the internet? AUGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!

flytier on January 17, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I don’t get the online piracy bit? How exactly does one hoist the Jolly Roger and steal my chest of gold online?

csdeven on January 17, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Bone up dude. China’s warfare against us has begun at the IP level. It’s not only domestic piracy that we need to address. China, China, China!

Aside from that publishers of all media, digital, print, software, music etc lose billions in revenue. What’s not to get?

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Wikipedia has many faults, but their opposition of this stupid bill is something any pricipled Conservative should agree with.

“Actually, they do. My copy of the Constitution has a mandate for Congress to make laws securing patent and copyright protection.”

Yes it does. Note that it also has a bit about “for limited times” and to “promote the progress of science and useful arts”, which are just as important. Congress is far, far beyond their Constitutional scope, to the point where a bill like this can pretend that copyright is a reasonable justification for a virtually unlimited system of Federal censorship by decree.

GalosGann on January 17, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Masih ad-Dajjal on January 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

We get it dude. You’re uber-tech-overlord. Most people don’t have the instincts to drill that deep. That’s why the first page of Google is all that matters for most searches.

The point is that the blackout will inform the otherwise uninformed.

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I couldn’t care less about this.

changer1701 on January 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

This will become a real story only when Hot Gas goes dark as well.

Ellis on January 17, 2012 at 4:44 PM

To those of you that see the dangers of this Internet Freedom grab, thank you.

To those that don’t, I have a question for you. Do you really think you can trust Cantor/Boehner/Reid/McConnell/Obama to NOT want control of the Internet? Really???? How did Cut/Cap/Balance turn out? CAVE. How about the increase in the debt ceiling? CAVE Can you think of anything the R’s HAVEN’T Caved on and NOT given this Administration? Anything at all???

Sounds like we can depend on those “protectors of Liberty” right?
LOL

Oh and to the Twitter Twerp: Guess you don’t use the Internet, so you’re not concerned.

A little reading on what the FCC/Net Neutrality/Google/Free Press are doing should wake everyone up.

You’ll only miss your water when the well runs dry.

It’s really scary to think that some posters vote; well maybe they don’t, which is a good thing.

I’ve noticed that lately on HA, it’s attack the messenger when the message isn’t understood or agreed to.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Only schools that are a complete joke would allow Wikipedia as a source. We were told if we cited it, we would fail.

MechanicalBill on January 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Capitalist Hog on January 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I replied to you up thread.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Actually, they do. My copy of the Constitution has a mandate for Congress to make laws securing patent and copyright protection.

SOPA is obviously the wrong answer to that mandate — the White House can see the writing on the wall and is setting itself up for a veto.

unclesmrgol on January 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

That is almost a convincing argument, but to say that they can regulate the internet because of piracy concerns smacks of saying that congress can do whatever it wants because of the interstate commerce clause. The constitution uses plain language to define something specific. You lose a lot of conservative cred by expanding that language to mean that congress can do things that the founding fathers never would have condoned.

gryphon202 on January 17, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Oh noes, where will I get my inaccurate, deceptive “facts” from for a whole 24 hours. I’ll be forced to GULP watch the MSM news?

TheLastBrainLeft on January 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Wikipedia is a whole lot more accurate than the MSM.

Ok, so that’s not saying much.

tom on January 17, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Only schools that are a complete joke would allow Wikipedia as a source. We were told if we cited it, we would fail.

MechanicalBill on January 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wikipedia is a lot like the internet itself. it has a ton of really good and useful information. You just have to remember that not everything you read on the internet is true.

But it makes a great starting point for research, because it contains so many links to other information. So all you have to do is start there, follow the links, and only cite the sources that show signs of being authoritative.

tom on January 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

“Land of the Free”? My furry butt it is, for all of the derision and mocking of the Occupy movements, guess what? This is exactly the kind of thing they were protesting about. It’s bad enough that so many Americans don’t have the brain power to think for themselves and look to celebra-tards for guidance but now your elected officials act at the behest of movie studios? Wow, your founding fathers and the millions who died for your former freedoms must be weeping. But hey, don’t worry about it, “bowel movements of the stars” is on at 8(7 central) and this week some bimbo who’s famous for being a whacked out cokehead is going to show viewers what a steady diet of cigarettes and vodka causes. Don’t miss it because you won’t be able to see the clip on the internet behind the “Great Firewall of the Fascist States of America”

G-man on January 18, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The politics behind “online piracy” involve the dubious assertion that every piece of data that is copied/otherwise not paid for, represents lost revenue for the MPAA or RIAA.

gryphon202 on January 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Exactly.

I’m not convinced they lose as much revenue to piracy as they claim.

They should take a hint from comedian Louis C.K. and trim the fat from the production costs of their products and do things DRM- Free:

http://gigaom.com/2012/01/06/lee-louis-ck-marketing/

“In twelve days, Louis C.K. earned more than $1 million from people downloading the special — far more than the $170,000 it cost to produce the video. Louis C.K. gave his thoughts in a post on his site:

“I would have been paid [less than $200,000] by a large company to simply perform the show and let them sell it to you, but they would have charged you about $20 for the video … This way, you only paid $5, you can use the video any way you want.”

http://c4sif.org/2011/12/comedian-louis-c-k-makes-1m-selling-drm-free-video-via-paypay-on-his-own-website/

“It’s a good rebuttal to people who insist that without copyright you will be “unable to sell” books, music, movies, etc. What they mean to say is that you face more competition if you can’t use the state to stop your competitors, so it’s more difficult to sell. “

cmsciulli on January 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM