Wikipedia Goes Dark Jan. 18 to Protest SOPA, PIPA

Wikipedia joins Reddit in a protest on January 18 to show that it is strongly against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced that the site will go dark for 24 hours on Wednesday. Only the U.S. version of the site will go down during the protest, Wales said.

"Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa," Jimmy Wales wrote on his twitter feed.

"comScore estimates the English Wikipedia receives 25 million average daily visitors globally," he later told his followers.

Followed by, "This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know!"

Wikipedia joins Reddit, WordPress, Mozilla, all of the Cheezburger sites, and many others in protesting against the anti-piracy bills on Wednesday.

Source: TheNextWeb by way of Andrew Eisen. Image Credit: Wikipedia

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