The news coming out of Washington this weekend has been very, very encouraging for all the SOPA haters in the House; sponsor Lamar Smith said he was stripping the DNS blacklisting requirements from the bill, the White House issued a statement announcing it basically wouldn’t support a lot of the SOPA provisions, and there are even rumors of SOPA’s death floating around . Even still, that isn’t stopping Wikipedia from blacking out on January 18th to protest SOPA and its Senate-based sister act, PIPA. Reddit, Destructoid, and a host of other sites will also be shutting their virtual doors that day.
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia’s founder, confirmed the English version of Wikipedia will be blacked out from Midnight EST to Midnight EST on January 18. In follow-up tweets, Wales expressed doubt that SOPA was really, truly dead and said that “in any event, PIPA is going strong.” He also said comScore placed the English version of Wikipedia’s traffic at over 25 million hits a day. Here’s a preview of what’s to come; as Jimmy says, students better get their studying in early!