Several major websites are going dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). I’ll be highlighting some of those sites throughout the day.
Meanwhile, in the House, two sponsors of SOPA have withdrawn their support for the bill:
Amid online protests that include major websites like Wikipedia blacking out their sites, a few co-sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act in Congress are defecting.Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the bill, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday.
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) also has plans to remove his name as a co-sponsor Wednesday. A spokesman for Terry told the Omaha World-Herald that Terry concluded SOPA as written isn’t the solution after civil liberties groups and tech companies rose up against the bill.
The Senate is scheduled to hold its first vote on PIPA next week.
Update: Read The Story Behind the SOPA Blackout, if you are a little clueless about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).