Wikipedia, Google protest anti-piracy legislation before Congress

WOODBURY - There was a dramatic message to Congress on the Internet today from some of the biggest websites.

Wikipedia has blacked out its site for 24 hours and today's Google "doodle" is a large, black censhorship bar.

Both Google and Wikipedia are protesting anti-piracy legislation before Congress.The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), would allow the government to block search engine links to any websites that contain copyrighted material. Such a move would protect movie makers and other content providers who fear people can copy and disseminate their work. Many web companies, including Google and Wikipedia, say the legislation is vague and overly broad and could potentially hinder First Amendment rights. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says the bills are in their early stages and could still undergo major changes.

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