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SOPA and PIPA blacked out
The Stop Online Piracy Act, a bill proposed by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, and its Senate counterpart, the PROTECT IP Act, were attempts to put the kibosh on online piracy. But opponents found the bill way too heavy-handed, and possibly harmful to many legitimate websites. SOPA proponents got the message loud and clear about how many powerful web entities felt about the bill when Reddit, Wikipedia and thousands of others staged a website blackout to protest the legislation. The bills were yanked in late January.
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