We’ve had a lot of discussion about SOPA and PIPA recently, the bills that want to cripple the internet, but there are still plenty of people who aren’t clear on the issues. And although the bills have been shelved for now, similar threats (e.g., ACTA) loom and it’s wise to stay informed of the issues at stake. This infographic lays SOPA’s and PIPA’s legal and technical technical details out pretty clearly.
After last week’s all-day protest of SOPA and PIPA, both bills have been shelved for further consideration by the US government and will not be voted on as scheduled. Rep. Lamar Smith, the sponsor of SOPA, said he’s still committed to fighting piracy, but that this legislation isn’t the way to do it.
English-language editions of Wikipedia will be offline for 24 hours from 4pm Wednesday January 18 (Australian Eastern daylight saving time) to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. If you urgently need Wikipedia content during that period, what can you do? Here are a few emergency alternatives.