(KTSF by Jo Wan)
Wikipedia, Reddit and others were part of a self-imposed blackout to protest two Congressional bills aimed at preventing piracy.
Opponents also held a protest in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza against the Stop Online Piracy and Protect Intellectual Property Acts (SOPA). One sign read, ” SOPA kills jobs and innovation”.
About half of the employees from Reddit.com of San Francisco showed up. Reddit.com’s general manager said the bills were written without any input from tech sector and it will be difficult to comply with the new rules.
Jay Nath, San Francisco’s new director of innovation, also read a statement from Mayor Ed Lee saying “While protecting intellectual property against piracy is extremely important, we must not take steps that stifle the free exchange of information on the internet or harm critical engines for jobs and economic growth.”
So, how do students do their homework without websites they regularly use? One student said they would “Probably go to the library to do the research with the book instead.”
Below are the websites protest about SOPA and PIPA:
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