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Wikipedia Avoids Politics After Copyright Victory

Postby sunnyd » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:16 pm

Story : http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/07/wikipedia-politics-idUSL5E8E756V201203

Wikipedia has no intention of becoming a political campaigning organisation after playing a key role in stopping proposed U.S. anti-piracy legislation in its tracks with a 24-hour blackout in January, founder Jimmy Wales said on Wednesday.

Web companies and consumers, worried that the proposed legislation would undermine Internet freedoms, won a battle to postpone the proposed bills indefinitely after staging an unprecedented online protest.

Wales said he believed that the current business models of media companies, which depend on the strict enforcement of rights sold by territory, would break down.

But he did not foresee the online encyclopedia - which is written and edited by volunteers and has an estimated 365 million readers worldwide - getting involved in further political campaigns.



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