January 19 2012: Two bills before the US Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, have united, Web leaders like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook , Mozilla and Twitter. They claim the bills would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on business. saying millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th.
Wikipedia blanked its English site on January 18 ( illustration ); Google briefly has blacked out its logo on its homepage and added a link to document headed:"End piracy, not liberty" ( inset in illustration, above). Mozilla, (Firefox originator), redirected traffic from its main English websites for 12 hours to a black page.
The issue is important for the 150 million plus users of Internet in India because the Acts if they become law will see hundreds of dot com addresses which are controlled from the US, restrict video downloads, blogs linked to such downloads etc.