Internet Archive Will “Go Dark” For 12 Hours Tommorrow to Protest/Raise Awarness About SOPA/PIPA

Posted on January 17, 2012 by


Stay Tuned for More Details About IA Services “Going Dark Tomorrow”

From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Brewster Kahle:

The Internet Archive believes that it is critical to protest and raise awareness of pending legislation in the United States:  House Bill 3261, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and S.968, the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

Archive.org is going dark from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm PDT on Wednesday January 18 (14:00 – 02:00 GMT) to drive a message to Washington. We need your help to do this.

Legislation such as this directly affects libraries (pdf) such as the Internet Archive, which collects, preserves, and offers access to cultural materials.   Furthermore, these laws can negatively affect the ecosystem of web publishing that led to the emergence of the Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive is home to many important/essential resources including The Wayback Machine, Movie & Audio Archives, and Much More

Read the Complete Announcement/Details

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