Web Shutdown Against Anti-Piracy Bills

Jessica Flores

Web Shutdown Against Anti-Piracy Bills

CREATED Jan. 18, 2012

PALM DESERT- Major websites such as Wikipedia and Craigslist blacked out their home page to protest a bill making its way through Congress.

"I can't look up any interesting facts today so it will affect me in a way," said Camille Cronk, from Palm Desert.

The websites point to petitions against the Stop Online Piracy Act, SOPA, would make websites share the responsibility for music and movies being priated across their sites. The websites say that would require them to police the web.

"[The blackout] gets people's attention because so many people like me actually use their website and without it more people would be aware of what's going on and decide to protest it with them," said Carey Smith, from Wisconsin.

Supporters of the Hollywood-backed bill say it will curb illegal piracy online.

"This piracy bit has to stop. It's rampant, everywhere, everywhere you look somebody is ripping somebody off for something," said Don Davis from San Diego. 

Companies like Apple have pulled thier support of the bill and since the blackout several sponsors have changed their minds.

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack behind the bill.

"Congresswoman Bono Mack is committed to fighting online piracy, which costs our economy billions of dollars a year and destroys countless American jobs," wrote her police advisor Ken Johnson.

But those protesting say the bill could destroy free and open web.

"I think it's really cool because all my friends use Google, Wikipedia and Facebook so it's really message out," said Cronk.

It's not your store front picket, but by blocking surfing online they are making waves all the way to the Capitol.

--Jessica Flores, KMIR6 News.