If you’re wondering where Wikipedia is on Wednesday…

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…they’re planning to take part in an online blackout campaign intended to protest two pieces of proposed legislation in the United States: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

According to BBC News, the Globe and Mail, and Silicon Republic, the bills have been quite controversial.  Proponents of the legislation argue it will stop the widespread theft of intellectual property on the Internet.  Those against the legislation suggest it threatens free speech and worry that it will hurt investment in online business.

You can check out Wikipedia during the blackout for more information: the plan is to leave articles on the legislation and the controversy available for reading.

Looking for background information on another topic but can’t get it from Wikipedia?  Check out the Background Information tab on any of the Library’s subject guides.

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