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"Stop SOPA" Action Supported by Russians
19.01.2012 11:53

Yesterday the global campaign against anti-piracy bills in the U.S. Congress was supported by Russian Pirate Party and some other activists.

      Members of the Russian Pirate Party held a protest meeting near the U.S. embassy in Moscow. The action wasn't long as the protesters were stopped by police, two of them were detained. However, the activists managed to pass a petition to U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul through the embassy’s post office. It was said in the petition that it is very important to save the freedom of the Internet for the democratic future in Russia.

      People also exress their fears that new bills will block the Russian most popular social network Vkontakte as the Internet pirate 1, as well as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. 

      The biggest Internet protesting campaign for the last years were supported by such noticeable websites as English-language Wikipedia, blog-hosting site WordPress, social-media news site Reddit and the web page of the Pirate Party of Russia. The sites went dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which are currently under discussion in the U.S. Congress.

      Some experts say it is impossible to tackle Internet piracy, as this phenomenon spreads wider with every year and gradually loses its negative meaning in people's minds. So the authorities in all countries should find ways of cooperation with it, not senseless fight. 


Sources: RIA Novosti Image: memegenerator

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian Internet Internet piracy protest actions   

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