The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is viewed on January 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. Free online knowledge site Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours beginning at midnight eastern standard time in protest at draft anti-online piracy legislation before the US Congress, founder Jimmy Wales said Monday on Twitter. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
(USA Today) -- Mozilla, Word Press and TwitPic have joined a growing list ofwebsites that plan to go dark Wednesday to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, CBS News reports.
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According to SOPAstrike.com, more than 7,000 websites are planning to go dark as part of the protest in what has been called the largest online protest of its kind to date.
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Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing have already announced that they plan to go offline Wednesday.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, tweeted: "All US Citizens: #WikipediaBlackout means nothing unless you call your Senators. Do it now! Give friends the number too!"
But not all protest sympathizers -- including Facebook, Google and Twitter -- believe that going dark is the best tactic. Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo calls Wikipedia's plans to pull the plug "foolish" and "silly," The Guardian reports.
Google will post a link on its home page to explain its opposition to the anti-piracy bills, CNET reports.
Supporters of the bill -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, Country Music Association and Motion Picture Association of America -- argue that the intent is to the stop the illegal copying of their movies or music that threatens their businesses, ABC News reports.