WilkepediaWritten by CNN Staffwriter
CNN) — Go to Wikipedia at midnight and you won’t find any of the usual encyclopedia articles.
Instead, you’ll be greeted with a message about anti-piracy bills that are topics of heated debate in the U.S. Congress — stirring opposition from tech companies in Silicon Valley and support from media companies in Hollywood.
Wikipedia, one of the highest-traffic sites on the Internet, will shut down for 24 hours in protest of these laws, which the website says would make it very difficult — maybe impossible — for its nonprofit encyclopedia to continue to operate.
The blackout starts at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday.
For more on the bills, see CNNMoney’s story, “SOPA explained.”
CNN spoke on Tuesday with Jimmy Wales, a co-founder of Wikipedia, to find out exactly why the site — long a defender of independence — is making its first leap into the scrum of U.S. politics. The following is an edited transcript:
CNN: Tell me how you came to this decision to blackout the website for 24 hours?
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