SOPA Protests Spread Throughout CyberSpace

Most of the big tech majors elected to criticize the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) anti-piracy legislations but declined to participate in the proposed Wednesday internet blackout.

The only big names participating in the blackout are Wikipedia and Reddit, who are going to blackout their pages and show information relating only to the bills.

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Though Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is a big opponent, it will permit searches as normal but will make changes on the website to display information on the legislation. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” said a Google spokeswoman. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. home page.”

It appears that internet companies are shying away from giving up a day’s worth of revenues and incurring the irritation of users by participating in a protest that may, in the final analysis, not have a great impact on legislators.

Other top sites publicly fighting SOPA include: AOL (NYSE:AOL), eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Facebook, LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), Mozilla, IAC (NASDAQ:IACI), Twitter, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA).

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