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Wikipedia, other sites join in protest of anti-piracy legislation

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Wikipedia, other sites join in protest of anti-piracy legislation

CREATED Jan. 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan. 18, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) - It's not just Wikipedia. Other Internet sites are joining today in a protest of legislation being considered in Congress aimed at shutting down sites that share pirated movies and other content.

Google today blacked out the logo on its home page. And it directed surfers to a page where they could add their names to a petition against the legislation.
   
Craigslist, the local classified ad site, changed its local home pages to a black screen directing users to an anti-legislation page. After 10 seconds, though, a link to the main Craigslist site appears on the home page.
   
Wikipedia today started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles. And Reddit.com shut down its social news service for 12 hours.
   
The Internet companies are concerned that the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, and the Protect Intellectual Property Act under consideration in the Senate, could be used to target legitimate sites where users share content.
   
The Wikipedia blackout isn't complete. The block can be bypassed by changing browser settings to disable JavaScript.

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