Website Blackouts Protesting Web Piracy Legislation

January 17, 2012
You may have heard about bills in the U.S. Senate and Congress intended to protect intellectual property and jobs named, respectively, the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
 
Opponents argue that provisions in the bills allow websites to be identified as violators and blocked without due process, curtailing free speech and jeopardizing the future of some web-based businesses. In protest, several companies are planning a day-long blackout of their websites on Wednesday, January 18. The most prominent website so far is Wikipedia.
 
There is a potential for phishing emails over the next few days trying to direct you to information or to access alternative websites. You can be certain that they will all be fake and should be immediately deleted.