IN THE NATION
Websites fight copyright bill
Yesterday, users were blocked from Wikipedia and the Google banner was cover up, as the organizations protested the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)
The legislation is an attempt to stem piracy and media copyright infringement.
Six co-sponsors for SOPA have withdrawn their support for the bill since the Internet blackouts began and public attention has increased.
Twitter users have tweeted about the protest 2.4 million times.
Internet-based companies that oppose the legislation in its current form say the law would harm free speech and open the door for litigation. The legislation has been criticized for enabling Internet censorship and violating the First Amendment.
Proponents of the legislation assert that it is needed to protect American business. The bill would allow the Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites that allow or aid copyright infringement.
The bill would also allow websites that do have court orders against them to be blocked by the government or have users redirected from those websites.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the bill on Jan. 24.