by Deanna Darr
Wondering what's going on with Google today or why Wikipedia is blacked out? It's all about a little thing called SOPA.
The Stop Online Piracy Act is a bill sitting in the hands of Congress meant to address the growing issue of online piracy, but many in both the artistic and tech worlds think it's far too broad, allowing for any website accused of directly or indirectly using copyrighted material to be pulled down entirely.
To protest the proposed legislation, mega websites like reddit.com, Wikipedia and boingboing.net have gone black for the day, posting the reason for their protest, as well as links to learn more about the proposal and how to contact your congressional representatives. Google is showing support by placing a black box over its logo while still allowing use.
Find out more about SOPA in next week's edition of Boise Weekly.