Today I needed to look something up before visiting my doctor, but wikipedia blocked me out.
Wikipedia did this in demonstration/protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
"Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media."
Frankly, its surprising the bill has gotten this far.. it just goes to show who our elected representatives are serving.
P.S. Its not that Wikipedia and the rest of the 'NET is against stopping piracy, its the methods used to do it. I, for one, would suggest the MPAA and others focus on a competing business model. Yes, its hard to compete with the "free" of piracy, but convenience and peace of mind would sway a LOT more customers than shredding the constitution and suing grandmas.
John Duprey is a husband and father. He is also a software architect for Thomson Reuter's Research and Development group.
When not making the world better, one line of code at a time, John enjoys a blessed life with his family.