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Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws

Top sites operate 24-hr blackout amid huge public backlash over anti-piracy bills

Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
A laptop computer displays Wikipedia's front page showing a darkened logo on Jan 18 (All images courtsey of Getty Images)
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
Wikipedia shut down its English language service for 24 hours in protest over US anti-piracy laws
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
Google placed a black redaction box over the logo on its US home page to draw attention to the bills
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
Nadine Wolf wears tape over her mouth as she joins a protest by the technology organization, New York Tech Meetup, against the proposed laws
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act in New York City
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
The controversial legislation is aimed at preventing piracy of media but those opposed believe it will support censorship
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
A man holds a sign at a protest by the technology organization New York Tech Meetup
Wikipedia goes dark in protest at tighter anti-piracy laws
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