Wikipedia shutting down tomorrow in protest over piracy law

January 17th, 2012 12 Comments By Andy Dawson

picture 12 300x276 Wikipedia shutting down tomorrow in protest over piracy law If you’re an spurious information junkie, you’d better stock up on all your facts today – that’s because Wikipedia will be ‘going dark’ for 24 hours tomorrow, as it protests about the nasty new SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) law that is being touted in America at the moment.

Admittedly, the law has got nothing to do with any of us here in the UK, or anywhere else in the world, but Wikipedia aren’t bothered about that. Tune into their English-language website tomorrow and all you’ll see is information about the SOPA. As well as Wikipedia, the likes of Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and eBay have spoken out about the proposed law, which they believe goes too far and will be too damaging to the online world.

So, if you didn’t buy the print version of Wikipedia (pictured) and you’ll be needing to see the full list of So Solid Crew members tomorrow, you’ll need to go here instead…

Comments (12) Jump to most recent comment
  1. Posted by RazorD January 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    The UK thinks its acceptable to extradite someone to the US for breaking US copyright law. SOPA/PIPA does affect us.

    This will hopefully get the mainstream media attention this bill needs.

  2. Posted by Marky Mark January 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Goddammit! I need to do research on TV’s most famous coatimundis tomorrow!

  3. Posted by Dick January 17, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Bigger news, icanhascheezburger are doing the same.

  4. Posted by Mike Hock January 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Why is there a gimp pictured wearing tight black jeans and ‘stylishly soiled’ plimsoles? And why the fuck, does it link to “Pay low prices, get no bed at the Rancho Bernado Inn”? Hmmm?

  5. Posted by Sicknote January 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Well that’s me fucked then – I’ll have to phone in sick tomorrow unless anyone else knows how to work the happy gassy machine in the operating theatre….!

  6. Posted by Weevil January 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    It won’t be inaccessible in the slightest. Every Wikipedia article is cached by Google, so when you search for a Wikipedia article on Google, just click the “Cached” link next to the search result. Hey presto, the article you’re after, only better – it’s not got that Jimmy Wales nagware picture at the top, and it’s not being vandalised by internet n00bs every five minutes.

  7. Posted by grumpy January 17, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Even better, it won’t be inaccessible AT ALL. They’re just going to overlay a black page with an awareness message. When you click on it, it goes away and you see the page underneath…

  8. Posted by Andrew January 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

    wont affect the rest of the world? You have no idea how the internet works do you. I love this blog but please update/correct this article because it trvialises sopa which is terrible and makes you look stupid, which you might care about more.

  9. Posted by DragonChris January 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    From the Wiki page:

    Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?
    The Wikipedia community, as part of their request to the Wikimedia Foundation to carry out this protest, asked us to ensure that we make English Wikipedia accessible in some way during an emergency. The English Wikipedia will be accessible on mobile devices and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by completely disabling JavaScript in your browser, as explained on this Technical FAQ page.

  10. Posted by Ed January 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    “Admittedly, the law has got nothing to do with any of us here in the UK, or anywhere else in the world”

    The law is specifically targeted at websites outside the US! All you have to do is annoy someone in Eagleland and this new law will let them shoot your site down from orbit, no matter where in the world it is!

  11. Posted by Zleet January 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

    If you read the details of Sopa and Pipa it’s scary.

    It’s a concerted move by a small number of media companies to wrest control of the internet. Compared to the amount of money generated by the internet they are a tiny drop but these companies have been courting politicians for years and throwing around vast amounts of money.

    People seem to believe it’s just going to affect ‘pirates’ but it gives the companies nigh on unlimited powers to pull any website for what they perceive to be copyright infringement. That means if a website featured a video that had copyright infringing material (maybe just a song, movie clip or even a quote from another source) and it’s web address was issued by an American company they could seize that address.

  12. Posted by phander January 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    How to get around the Wikipedia blackout:

    Method 1: Press ESC just before the page loads.
    Method 2: Install NOSCRIPT (or similar) in your browser

    Apologies if someone has written this already.

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