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Popular websites black out to protest internet piracy laws

Today popular internet sites have gone black to protest congressional efforts to limit content sharing on the web by granting entertainment corporations sweeping powers to shutter websites and digital social networks and to intimidate startups. The bills have drawn stiff criticism across the political spectrum, from high-profile tech company spokespeople as well as from citizens in enormous numbers, who argue that the two laws-- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA)-- would create collateral damage to free expression and innovation that go far beyond the need to guard against copyright infringement.