Websites protest SOPA, PIPA with blackouts

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 11:40 a.m. CST; updated 5:14 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Not sure what the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act are trying to accomplish?

Wikipedia voluntarily shut down its English-language website for 24 hours on Wednesday as part of Stop American Censorship Day. It is one of many websites protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act, controversial bills being considered in the U.S. Congress.

SOPA and PIPA would give U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders more power to fight websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Material includes music, movies and intellectual property, the last which could affect websites such as Wikipedia and Google.

Here's a roundup of stories about the anti-piracy bills and the Web community's response:

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Steve Baumann January 19, 2012 | 2:21 p.m.

Claire McCaskill is somehow now listed as undecided WHEN SHE CO-SPONSORED THE BILL! And Roy Blunt was for it until a day ago.....

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