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article imageWikipedia founder hopes to succeed with SOPA bill protest

By Samuel Okocha     Jan 17, 2012 in Internet
Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales hopes certain measures lined up for Wednesday, including shutting down its online encyclopedia for 24 hours, would yield positive results as Wikipedia and thousands of other sites protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Users who visit the website on Wednesday will reportedly be greeted with instructions on how to reach local members of Congress.
The move “will melt phone systems in Washington," says Wales who is banking on the English Wikipedia’s web traffic which he notes stands at 25 million daily visitors worldwide, reports The Wrap.
On Monday, Wales in a tweet intimated followers the site would be shutting down on Wednesday. "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday! #sopa," he tweeted, according to The Wrap.
Wikipedia is not the only website locked in a battle with SOPA. Reddit and Mozilla are reportedly taking similar measures against the proposed legislation.
SOPA gives the government and content companies more power to police the unlawful promulgation of their intellectual property.
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