Several websites (including Wikipedia and WordPress) are planning to go on strike on Wednesday, Jan. 18 to show their opposition to the on-line piracy bills now being processed through the House and Senate. SOPA stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and refers to legislation introduced in the House this winter that is aimed at cutting down on file sharing, illegal downloads, and other online piracy. The strike will take down a variety of web sites for at least 12 hours.
- For a list of participating sites, visit Strike Against SOPA at sopastrike.com.
- For a history of recent copyright legislation acts with links to the current bills, visit ALA’s Copyright Legislation page at http://www.ala.org/advocacy/copyright/copyrightlegislation.
- For a quick guide to library-related concerns about SOPA and PIPA, see this comparison chart produced by the American Library Association: http://www.districtdispatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ALA_pipasopaopen_ref_guide.pdf