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· Two copyright bills in America contested ·

From Wikipedia to Google, the world of the web mobilizes

Uprising on the web against two bills discussed in the U.S. Congress. From Wikipedia, which blacked out its English site for an entire day, to Google, yesterday's rebellion was one without precedent. Capitol Hill is clearly being accused of wanting  to censure the internet. Only at the end was a surprise announcement made by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, one of the promoters of the controversial norms: their review will be pushed back until February, perhaps giving it enough time to soften the legislation, now considered too severe, in order to come to a bipartisan agreement.

There are two legal texts concerning the network of the web: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Ip Act), both proposed to stem the spread of protected copyright material. The protest grew over the last few days, but in reality it began several weeks ago. So much so that President Barack Obama himself had to intervene, assuring that his administration, despite its work in the fight against online piracy, will never support laws which reduce freedom of expression.




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Feb. 20, 2020