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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said the site's blackout played a key part in defeating the USA's controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The English version of Wikipedia, Reddit and hundreds of other smaller websites coordinated a notional service blackout for a day in mid-January to raise awareness of SOPA. Wales …


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  1. wowfood

    ... wait a minute

    The Communications Data Bill, should it become law, would make it somewhat more feasible for government agencies to monitor traffic via Facebook, Skype and Twitter private messages. Only the parties involved in messages and not the content of messages would be recorded.

    Isn't that exactly the reason they decided to create teh cokie law? To prevent people from doing this?

  2. James Micallef Silver badge
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    Jimbo Wales...

    ... seems to be making a surprising amount of sense!

  3. Code Monkey

    Jimface taking credit for everyone else's work? Crikey whatever next?

    1. Oninoshiko

      Re: whatever next

      I'm guessing the sun rising in the east. (is it a slow news day?)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whilst we're on the subject of the snooper's charter...

  5. JaitcH

    Jimmy Wales, getting it regualrly must be affecting his brain

    The guy's full of effluent. It was a multisite team effort.

    Back to bed, Wales.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pants on fire

    And Wales sees no problem with his encyclopedia being used as a political campaign tool.

    The Wikipedia entries for anything related to IP read like mad ranting from Reddit kiddies. NPOV goes out of the window.

    All SOPA did was send Wikipedia's reputation as a source down the toilet.

    (Anon, obviously)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Anything related to IP?

      Dunno, is better written than RFC 2460 and more accurate than the descriptions at

      Wait... what were you going on about?

  7. Eduard Coli


    Wales was against it because it threatened his profit stream.

    If they could have made an exception for Wikipodia I'm sure he and the secret circle that runs the thing would have come around.

  8. disgruntled yank

    the problem I see here

    Is that "Wales" is already part of The Register's table of standard measurements, for area. Adding it as a measure of self-importance will lead to confusion

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