Key websites such as Wikipedia, WordPress, Reddit, Mozilla and many more have joined in a global blackout in a step to bring the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), into the public’s consciousness. If passed, the U.S. government will have overarching powers to basically take a stranglehold of the internet and seriously restrict the free and open nature of the internet as we know it, all in the name of anti-piracy.

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Websites have been joined by a group of artists including Hollywood actors, Saturday Night Live comedians, comic-book authors, musicians and others who have all signed an open letter to Washington. The letter expresses “serious concerns” about the two bills, calling on Congress to exercise “extreme caution” before regulating the Internet.

“As creative professionals, we experience copyright infringement on a very personal level,” the letter reads. “We are grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works. These bills would allow entire websites to be blocked without due process…. Artists and creators like us who would be censored as a result.”

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