Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, along with Google, Reddit, Mozilla, and several others that took part in an Internet blackout on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, have brought their websites back online after temporarily shutting down their pages with the pledge to keep the fight opposing the litigious Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act.
In a note on its website, Wikipedia clearly showed appreciation to the people who supported its protest "blackout" on Wednesday, and quote, "Thank you for protecting Wikipedia. We're not done yet."
Wikipedia is one of many popular sites involved in the Anti-SOPA and Anti-PIPA. This site blacked out every Wikipedia article and interchanged its typical front page with a letter forewarning their users about the two anti-piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA. It describes the attempt to prevent copyright infringement,counterfeiting, and other violations of intellectual property rights. Other sites did a very similar thing. For instance, Google blacked out its logo with a huge black box over it, but still allowed visitors to use the search engine. Another popular game site known as Minecraft, posted a message on its Homepage quoting "PIPA & SOPA? How about NOPA!" They to, did blackout. Another example was Mozilla Firefox's website, that said: Stop Censorship!" Many most-viewed sites will begin to dramatically increase the battle against these two anti-piracy bills, and will continue to strive and win the heated strike.
An organization simply known as Fight for the Future, were one of the groups that planned and arranged the protest. On Wednesday, according to WordPress.com, 37,000 sites went dark the organization stated. Many people across the globe claim this was the biggest internet blackout in history. Many officials are unclear of that statement, but are continuing to protest and defeat SOPA and PIPA. You may find all of the latest details here:
"According to the EFF, between 9 p.m. Tuesday and this morning, nearly 396,000 people signed its online petition, resulting in close to 1.2 million emails to Congress."