SOPA Advocates Slam Wikipedia-Led Black Out

January 20th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Advocates of Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act raise eyebrows over the massive shut down of websites, with Wikipedia leading the way, as protests over the two bills. Texas congressman Lamar S. Smith, the author of SOPA, lambasted the Wikipedia blackout as mere “publicity stunt” that promotes “fear instead of facts.”

“It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act,” Smith said in a press statement. The congressman insists that SOPA “will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites.” He even encourages Internet users to “look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”

Meanwhile another supporter of SOPA and PIPA, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), issued a statement with a similar tone to that of Smith. The group calls the blackout “an irresponsible response,” “a disservice to people,” and “yet another gimmick.”

“It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to informatin intentionally skew the facts to incite their usres in order to further their corporate interests,” MPAA further added.

Source: TechDirt


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