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Wikipedia says SOPA protest not finished

Wikipedia might have ended its blackout, but according to the official statement from the online encyclopedia, "We're not done yet."

Yesterday, along with around 7,000 other websites, Wikipedia took part in a blackout to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) by blacking out content a second or two after loading a page. And while this could be circumvented easily enough, it seems that it made a big impact as today several senators withdrew their support for the bill.

With the blackout now over, Wikipedia has a thank you message on the site, linked to a header banner that - doesn't feature a creepily staring James Wales - but says merely "Thank you for protecting Wikipedia (We're not done yet.)"

Clicking this message takes you to the official thank you message, which is on an off-white background, styled in the same was as the blackout one. Sounding a bit like it was written by Anonymous, the Thank you message reads:"The Wikipedia blackout is over - and you have spoken."

"More than 162 million people saw our message asking if you could imagine a world without free knowledge. You said no. You shut down Congress's switchboards. You melted their servers. From all around the world your messages dominated social media and the news. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet."

The next paragraph however, is a little more succinct, capturing what some would say is the whole point of the SOPA argument. "For us, this is not about money. It's about knowledge. As a community of authors, editors, photographers, and programmers, we invite everyone to share and build upon our work." For organisations like the MPAA and RIAA, it is about money. The problem with SOPA is that it prevents the "loss" of money, at the expense of knowledge and freedoms.

"Our mission is to empower and engage people to document the sum of all human knowledge, and to make it available to all humanity, in perpetuity. We care passionately about the rights of authors, because we are authors."

"SOPA and PIPA are not dead: they are waiting in the shadows. What's happened in the last 24 hours, though, is extraordinary. The Internet has enabled creativity, knowledge, and innovation to shine, and as Wikipedia went dark, you've directed your energy to protecting it."

The statement ends with a Read More section that leads to an FAQ on the blackout, offering more information. To top it all off though, there's a Zip Code look up to check who the user's representative is. From there they're encouraged to contact them and request they oppose the bill.

As Wikipedia says, SOPA's not dead yet.