If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll notice that I use Wikipedia extensively for links to further information. I personally use it every day for research.
Today Wikipedia has gone dark in protest of two bills, SOPA and PIPA, before the U.S. House and Senate. If passed those bills would create new tools for censorship of international websites inside the U.S. and potentially shut down U.S. websites and their financial services, without a trial, for alleged copyright infringement. These bills have been urged by the entertainment industry.
Read more about Wikipedia’s decision here. Click on the graphic to see Wikipedia’s home page today. (Note that mobile phones will see the normal page.)
——————— Personal opinion about SOPA and PIPA ———————
On this blog I make every effort to insure that I have rights to display the media I use, but I cannot know if a website is lying when it tells me media is in the public domain or is free to use. If these bills become law, the federal government could shut down my blog without warning for copyright infringement if I used media from a place that lied to me. Very scary stuff. I’m contacting my legislators.
For today Wikipedia is dark and my links will not work. I hope for a better tomorrow.
(image from Wikipedia’s English language homepage, 18 January 2012)
p.s. Today’s Winter Tree blog is below.