Many popular websites in the United States are blacking out on Wednesday in protest of legislation intended to crack down on copyright infringement. The problem, website owners say, is that the new laws are too harsh and will ultimately destroy smaller sites for minor infractions such as linking to another site that violates copyright laws.
Wikipedia.org, the free online encyclopedia, led the protest by closing down their American site. Wikipedia users were greeted all day with dark screen containting a plea for site visitors to contact their elected official demanding that they refuse to support the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA. Several other sites joined in on the protest including Twitpic, Google, WordPress.org and GaySocialites.com.
Here is a more comprehensive list of the websites participating in the SOPA Black Out.
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