The debate over America's planned anti-piracy laws has reached a new level with a number of websites, including Wikipedia going offline in protest
Wikipedia UK has shut down for 24 hours after the organisation confirmed it would be joining a number of websites going offline in protest to US anti-piracy laws that are currently being debated.
Wikimedia's Executive Director Sue Gardner released a statement on the website confirming that they would indeed be shutting down the English speaking version of Wikipedia for a period of 24 hours in protest.
"Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18"
"This will be the first time the English Wikipedia has ever staged a public protest of this nature, and it’s a decision that wasn’t lightly made."
Supporting the decision Sue Gardner goes on to state that while Wikipedia is a neutral organisation its existance is not, resulting in the foundation making this drastic decision.
Wikipedia will be joined by a number of website including the Cheezburger network of sites to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.
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