Temporary Shutdown of Websites in Protest of Anti-Piracy Bills.

Washington, DC: “We’re Sorry — The website you were trying to connect to is not available at this time due to anti-piracy bills — Please Try Again Later”
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If you’re going on the Internet this morning, don’t be surprise to see some of your favorite websites shutdown for a day.

Hundreds of popular Internet websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit will be temporary shutdown on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 in protest of the, ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ (SOPA) and ‘Protect IP Act’ (PIPA) anti-piracy bills that many say essentially amount to censorship of the Internet.

Google, Facebook, and Twitter oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) but, are not participating in the temporary shutdown of Website in Protest of Anti-Piracy Bills shut down on Wednesday.

The temporary shutdown of Website in Protest of Anti-Piracy Bills shut down of these websites will have a big effect on those who use them, but those who are participating in this temporary shutdown of Website in Protest of Anti-Piracy Bills want to make their voices hear on this item.

The anti-piracy bills are widely backed by the film and music industries and the anti-piracy bills are aimed at halting the sales of pirated products abroad.

But many people as well as those who are participating in the temporary shutdown claim the anti-piracy bills will gut the Internet and stifle free speech.

The temporary shutdown will start at 12am ET and last for all day on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012.
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** More Information on Both of the Anti-Piracy Bills: **

– Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Bill:

Click to access BILLS-112hr3261ih.pdf

– Protect IP Act (PIPA) Bill:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s968is/pdf/BILLS-112s968is.pdf  (Introduced in Senate – IS)

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s968rs/pdf/BILLS-112s968rs.pdf  (Reported in Senate – RS)
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