Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws

Top sites operate 24-hr blackout amid huge public backlash over anti-piracy bills
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A laptop computer displays Wikipedia's front page showing a darkened logo on Jan 18 (All images courtsey of Getty Images)
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Wikipedia shut down its English language service for 24 hours in protest over US anti-piracy laws
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Google placed a black redaction box over the logo on its US home page to draw attention to the bills
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Nadine Wolf wears tape over her mouth as she joins a protest by the technology organization, New York Tech Meetup, against the proposed laws
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Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act in New York City
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The controversial legislation is aimed at preventing piracy of media but those opposed believe it will support censorship
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A man holds a sign at a protest by the technology organization New York Tech Meetup
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People gather at a protest outside Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand's New York offices. Schumer and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of the Senate bill PIPA and SOPA