Wikipedia Blackout Will Screw Us All Over a Crummy US Law

By Sam Gibbs on at

Wikipedia’s going to join the blackout that’s been proposed for Wednesday this week in the US, as a protest to its much complained about Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA). Unfortunately that means the rest of the world gets screwed-over too, in something that frankly doesn’t affect us Brits.

Now I’m not saying that if I were in the US I wouldn’t be whole-heartedly behind the SOPA protests -- it really does seem like a crap policy. In fact, it seems as if Obama’s decided to shelve it over the amount of pressure it’s attracted, so that’s great for the US. But why do we in the UK have to suffer over an American squabble?

Where are we going to find out random facts for the day; define things with a link, or fill-in our coursework with a simple copy-and-paste from on Wednesday? If you’ve got a deadline coming up, maybe do it all today, OK? [Wikipedia via Reuters]