New, Old Media Battle Over Net Rules

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.

Wikipedia Joining Anti-Piracy Blackout

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.