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SOPA/PIPA protests, live and onlineAnyone surfing the Web on Wednesday probably noticed a lot of their favorite sites looked a little different. Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon, among others, all took steps to protest two antipiracy bills that Congress is considering. The bills are known...
speaker 1: In San Francisco, just miles from the heart of Silicon Valley, never saw the tech community gather to rally against 2 national bills. The stop online piracy act or SOPA and pipa, to protect the intellectual property act. Speaker 2: Information needs to be free. Speaker 3: We don't want this bill fixed. We want it stopped. Speaker 4: We don't want censorship in these leads. So far my censorship... Speaker 5: Just to be fair. We're not fans of piracy at all but we are fans of just the freedom of information. Speaker 1: across the country in New York, the scene is similar as protesters gathered outside the office of Senator Schumer and Gillibrand 2 co sponsors of pipa. Speaker 6: Who loves the Internet? speaker 1: Online, thousands of Internet companies were waging their own battles. Wikipedia suspended service. Google provided the direct link for people to take action and blogging to a (work press?) made the censorship message clear. Speaker 7: There are tons of folks out there who probably weren't really aware of SOPA and pipa before today. They're finding out how scary these bills really are. Speaker 8: The message also struck several lawmakers and now as of Wednesday afternoon, 2 Republican senators said they would rescind their support. Speaker 9: I don't think the bills in their current form have any form of passing it at this point. Speaker 10: Even President Obama has said he wouldn't sign either into law. CBS Corporation, the parent company of CNET and CBS News supports the legislation. Speaker 11: For the concerned consumer, there's already a (??) SOPA App for Android phones. These free downloads scans bar codes and then will tell you the product manufacturer is one who supports the bill. Speaker 12: And for those who really wanna make their voices heard, there's even an anti SOPA ring tone available for free download. Speaker 1: In San Francisco, I'm (Carey Sevoy?) cnet.com for CBS News.