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18 January 2012

Wikipedia Closes Down In Protest

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The free online encyclopedia Wikipedia is a site in constant change where anyone can add text (after reviewal). It is one of the most visited sites in the world, and I often use it myself and have also contributed to it. Today you have to be very quick if you want to read something on the English Wikipedia, though, because the article you are looking at is closed down after a few seconds and the screen above is shown instead.

This is the first time ever Wikipedians have chosen to black out the site, and it is done in protest against two bills, SOPA in the United States House of Representatives and PIPA in the US Senate. SOPA stands for the "Stop Online Piracy Act", and PIPA is an acronym for the "Protect IP Act".

The bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites. Wikipedians and many others are however afraid these new laws will severely inhibit people's access to online information if they pass.

kalmstrom.com Business Solutions fully support the Wikipedia action, and we hope that this and other protests will influence the US politicians. We also have a strong interest in stopping copyright infringement, but it must be done in a way that will not harm the right to free expression.

Please click on the image above if you want to read more!