Wikipedia and Others Protesting Congress on Anti-Piracy Bill

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell

January 18, 2012 Updated Jan 19, 2012 at 8:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - You won't be able to use Wikipedia Wednesday as the website takes on Congress.

The online encyclopedia is expected to shut down for 24-hours, starting at midnight Tuesday, to protest US House and Senate bills aimed at cracking down on online piracy and sales of pirated products overseas.

Wikipedia and other big net companies like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter fear the measures will affect their industry and free speech rights.

The film and music industry support the bills, saying better protection is needed for intellectual property.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is in the house and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) is in the Senate are designed to crack down on sales of pirated products.

Some say the law will go too far and threaten sites like Wikipedia, Facebook and Twitter.

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