It’s described as the largest online protest in history.
Websites went “dark” in a demonstration against separate anti-piracy bills moving through the U.S. Senate and House, respectively. The acronym for the House legislation is SOPA; the Senate’s is PIPA.
The English version of web giant Wikipedia led the way.
According to comScore, 25-million people a day visit Wikipedia. This message greeted them:
|Wikipedia Protests SOPA and PIPA|
Wikipedia could still be accessed in French, Spanish, German, Russian and other languages.
Google went “dark,” with a symbolic visual. A call-to-action appeared when I placed my cursor over it:
|Google Goes “Dark”|
WordPress, one of my blogging tools, joined the online protest, censoring itself. Here is its home page:
|WordPress Censors Itself|
Flickr participated, too. The photo service asked me if I wanted to join the online, “awareness” campaign:
|Flickr Campaign Message|
Still, it’s an incredible show of Internet muscle, a huge digital-billboard-like campaign.
UPDATE NO. 1:
Congress indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation on Jan. 20, 2012. According to the Associated Press:
“The demise, at least for the time being, of the anti-piracy bills was a clear victory for Silicon Valley over Hollywood… .” Full story here.