your library cards. Wikipedia has announced it will join the sites Reddit and
Boing Boing and go offline Jan. 18 to protest the Stop Online
Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act being debated by Congress.
Lobbied by some big media companies and designed to block access to sites
containing unauthorized copyright material, SOPA and PIPA have drawn broad
opposition online. The White House recently stepped back from supporting
the legislation and hinted at a possible veto from President Obama. Jimmy
Wales, Wikipedia's founder, told BBC News, "The bill is so overbroad and
so badly written that it's going to impact all kinds of things that, you
know, don't have anything to do with stopping piracy." Somebody, quick, add
that quote to SOPA's Wiki page.