Were Your Fave Web Sites Dark on January 18th? Read More about SOPA/PIPA

January 18, 2012 at 12:59 am | Posted in Open Access, research tools | Comments Off on Were Your Fave Web Sites Dark on January 18th? Read More about SOPA/PIPA

Why are you encountering black screens in place of web sites that normally provide you with information? January 18th has been chosen as a protest day to raise awareness about two bills presently making their way through the US Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House of Representatives (H.R. 3261) and the Protect IP Act in the Senate (S.968).

By all appearances the bills, SOPA and PIPA, look like they will be used to curb piracy online, but in reality many sites that feature user-generated content like Reddit, Wikipedia and others may not be able to continue business as usual if this bill passes. You can read more about the protest and the bills here.

The Chicago Tribune has a story about Wikipedia’s choice to go dark and if you would like to see some of the sites that are going dark in solidarity with the protest, including Google, reddit, Mozilla, WordPress, O’Reilly Media, and more, read the list here. 

One site protesting that the Illinois academic library community would draw attention to is the Internet Archive. Located at www.archive.org, the Internet Archive contains all of the items that have been digitized through the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Book Digitization Initiative, including items from IIT. Those items will be unavailable for at least 12 hours on January 18, and visitors will be redirected to a basic announcement. For more information, visit the Internet Archive blog.

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