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Mozilla and Pirate Party plan anti-SOPA protests

The Pirate Party and Mozilla foundation have been discussing their own plans to publicly denounce the Stop Online Piracy Act that threatens to censor and change the Internet as we know it.

With Wikipedia, Reddit and several other websites joining a black out today, more attention is being heaped on SOPA. This has caused other organisations to announce their own intentions for protesting the bill, with both the Pirate Party and Mozilla now speaking out.

The Inquirer has a quote from a spokesperson, "Regardless of whether its [SOPA] purpose is legitimate or whether it will work; the legislation is not compatible with democratic values."

"These laws would make social networks, search engines, and all websites providing space for discussion and information exchange impossible to run without massive surveillance of all users and the censorship of everything they publish. A link placed by a user in the comment section of an article in a regular Internet magazine could result in the magazine going bankrupt and the owners being charged with a crime," it continued.

The statement also encourages others to join the blackout protest, making their content unreadable for a 24 hour period. Social networks Facebook and Twitter were both asked to join in - as losing those sites for a day would have a massive impact - both companies declined.

Mozilla has joined in however, blacking out some services and adding anti-SOPA messages to some of its pages. Judging by the messages appearing on Twitter, Wikipedia's black out does seem to be having the most impact however - though there are methods around it.

Hitting the escape key as a page loads will prevent the blackout image from appearing. There are a few other methods out there too so if you desperately need to access the online encyclopedia, it can be done. Whether you do so or not though, the blackout does show how annoying it is if information isn't quite as easy to find - SOPA could impact that.