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Unless you have been living under a rock, you've heard at least something about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) . If you haven't heard about it, here is the wikipedia page (this is the only page on the site that is not blacked out today). Essentially, it protects any copyrighted material, which in a way isn't bad in theory. Protect the artist, protect the company, etc., etc. But, as usual, Congress has gone above and beyond the call of duty (not in a good way), and stepped on the toes of American citizens. Sites like youtube, reddit, digg, the chive, and on and on will suffer greatly by not being able to use any likness or music that is copyrighted. What it comes down to is outright censorship, much like we see in communist nations, where the internet is hindered. So enough background information. Wikipedia deserves praise for having the guts to shut down their site for an entire day. Sure, it doesn't seem like much, and they may not lose anything substantial due to it, but it is the message that counts. The form of protest, the black screen. Imagine how many people go to wikipedia on a daily basis, not today though. Sites like Twitter, Faceook and Google did not participate in the blackout, in fear of losing money and users. Here's a good write-up about it from Christian Science Monitor. What can you do? Go to wikipedia.com, enter your zip code, and contact your representative. Share on social media, encourage others to follow. It will only take a minute of your time, and it will protect the First Amendment.