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Opposition to Congress' anti-piracy bills heats up




The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is viewed on Jan. 17, 2012, in Washington, DC. Free online knowledge site Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours beginning at midnight eastern standard time in protest at draft anti-online piracy legislation before the US Congress, founder Jimmy Wales said Monday on Twitter.
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is viewed on Jan. 17, 2012, in Washington, DC. Free online knowledge site Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours beginning at midnight eastern standard time in protest at draft anti-online piracy legislation before the US Congress, founder Jimmy Wales said Monday on Twitter.
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In Congress, two proposed bits of legislation, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect IP Act, propose to help protect intellectual property. But opponents say that the proposed laws go too far, and tomorrow, sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, and Boing Boing are planning to go dark for an entire day in protest.

Madeleine Brand talks to Declan McCullagh, the chief political correspondent for CNET, to get the latest.