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Wikipedia to go dark for 24 hours

Site plans to protest against planned anti-piracy laws

Wikipedia will observe a 24 hour black-out on Wednesday in protest against the proposed US anti-piracy laws.
Wikipedia will observe a 24 hour black-out on Wednesday in protest against the proposed US anti-piracy laws.

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia site, is planning to black out its website on Wednesday to protest new US anti-piracy legislation under consideration in the US Congress, according to the Press Association.

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales announced on Twitter that the English versions of the site will be shut down for 24 hours in protest against the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.

Wikipedia is not the only website planning to go offline, with Reddit, Boing Boing and other online sites also planning to go dark.

The controversial legislation is designed to crack down on sales of pirated US products overseas. Critics say it could hurt the technology industry and infringes on free speech rights.

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