If you go to Google.com or Wikipedia today, you’re going to find that something’s missing (or in Wikipedia’s case – everything is missing). That’s because these two Internet giants are protesting the Protect Intellectual Property Act that’s under consideration in the Senate, and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that’s under consideration in the House of Representatives. This pair of bills, which is backed by the motion picture and recording industries, are intended to eliminate theft online once and for all – and would (for the first time) place restrictions on information and content shared via the Web.
Clearly, Google and Wikipedia are against this legislation, and aren’t afraid to make their stance clear to Congress. But whether or not their protest is successful, remains to be seen.