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    Some of the most visited sites on the web, including Wikipedia and Reddit, are down today to protest two U.S. laws they say will cripple their ability to function by making them vulnerable to copyright infringement claims.

    This means anyone trying to find out who the prime minister was in 1910 or get their fix of off-the-wall news will have no choice but to look elsewhere than Wikipedia and Reddit, which are joining other sites including Boing Boing and dozens of other sites in a one-day blackout.

    Online encyclopedia Wikipedia and some smaller websites are protesting against legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy by temporarily blacking out their sites.

    The community-edited encyclopedia blacked out its English-language site on Wednesday to seek support against the proposed bills which its founder Jimmy Wales said threatened the future of the internet.

    During the 24-hour blackout, visitors can only see a black-and-white page which says, "Imagine a world without free knowledge", with a link to information about the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

    The site urges Wikipedia readers in the US to contact their local congressman to vote against the bills. "This is a quite clumsily drafted legislation which is dangerous for an open internet," Wales said.

    Users of Wikipedia in other languages were able to access those sites, while the mobile version of the site, accessible via mobile phones and handheld devices, was available in its English edition.

    The decision to black out Wikipedia - whose English-language site receives more than 25 million daily visitors from around the world - was decided by voting within the site's community of writers and editors who manage the free service.

    But some volunteer editors said the protest of anti-piracy legislation could threaten the credibility of their work.

    "My main concern is that it puts the organisation in the role of advocacy, and that's a slippery slope," said Robert Lawton, a computer consultant and site editor who would prefer that the encyclopedia stick to being a neutral repository of knowledge.

    "Before we know it, we're blacked out because we want to save the whales."

    ...being a human...

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    ι уσυ נυ∂gє ρєσρℓє, уσυ нανє ησ тιмє тσ ℓσνє тнєм.

    "Time Can Make Us Move On.. But It Can't Fix A Broken Heart"..

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    Yes, it was difficult day whithout wikipedia.

    Thanks for sharing bro.



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