The passage of antipiracy legislation affecting the Internet, long considered likely, is no longer so certain. Showing a strategic ability worthy of the best political campaigns, some of the Internet’s most popular sites today are unleashing a splashy weapon — Internet blackout day — to block proposed antipiracy legislation. At least 10,000 sites have pledged to either shut down or turn Web pages black.
The website will go dark for 24 hours in an unprecedented move that brings added muscle to a growing base of critics of anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. Wikipedia is considered one of the Internet’s most popular websites, with millions of visitors daily.