The rise in plagiarism and piracy of web content results in loses for the source company. The recent victim of piracy is web-encyclopedia – Wikipedia. Seeing the rising cases of piracy, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and the community has decided to shut down the English version of the website for 24 hours on Wednesday. This major step has been taken in view to protest the highly controversial U.S. anti-piracy legislation act.
Wales is one of the opponents of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). The main motive of the bill is to crack down on the websites that offer copyrighted content without the owner’s permission. He shared this news using his official Twitter account as the platform where he Tweeted: “Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday.”
Wikipedia shut-down will begin from Tuesday mid-night Eastern Standard Time (0500 GMT) until Wednesday mid-night. During the shutdown, the page will display the instructions about how to reach the local members of Congress.
Wales added, “I am just starting to do press interviews about the upcoming blackout of Wikipedia… This is going to be wow. I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington on Wednesday. Tell everyone you know.” The shut-down of such an amazingly helpful web platform will affect millions of information hunting users. Wikipedia English platform gets millions of hits every day. The blackout for one day will also affect the revenue of the corporation.
By taking this step, Wikipedia will join the list of organizations like Reddit and Mozilla that took such a step in the past for the same cause.
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