Tuesday, January 17, 2012

WikiPedia Black-out today to protest proposed anti-piracy Acts SOPA and PIPA

English version of  Wikipedia is blacked out today (January 18th, 2012)  for protesting the  anti-piracy Acts SOPA and PIPA.

The blackout is a protest against proposed legislation in the United States—the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.

So, all the pages in English wikipedia are showing below screen with the  message
"Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge"
For more than a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.

Note that this black-out is done using javascript only.  So, you can read the english wikipedia easily just by disabling javascript in your browser.

In Firefox, you can disable javascript by doing below steps.

-Click Tools->Options to open Options Dialog box window
-Click Content Tab in the Options window.
- uncheck "Enable javascript" checkbox and click "ok" button.

Now you can read all the wikipedia pages during the black-out period. And, remember to enable javascript in your browser once black-out ends.

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