So will there be a Wikipedia blackout?
PS. June 4 is the perfect date for such protests :)

On 3 June 2013 23:42, Tilman Bayer <tba...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> The EFF reports that this announcement by Taiwanese Wikimedians does
> appear to have had an effect:
>
> https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/taiwanese-users-thwart-government-plans-introduce-internet-blacklist-law
>
> "Taiwanese users were going to stage an Internet black out on Tuesday
> June 4th. Several websites, including Wikipedia Taiwan and Mozilla
> Taiwan pledged to go dark in order to raise awareness. ... After
> several news outlets reported that the new initiative was akin to
> mainland China’s “Great Firewall,” the Taiwanese intellectual property
> office made an effort to reject the comparison ... In the face of
> these criticisms and the planned blackout, the Taiwan Intellectual
> Property Office abandoned this severe copyright law."
>
>
> On Tue, May 28, 2013 at 6:43 AM, Ted Chien <hsiangtai.ch...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > My dear colleagues,
> >
> > Recently on May 21 the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office has announced
> > that they will amend the Copyright Act to demand local ISPs to block
> > illegal contents on foreign websites, just like the SOPA bill in USA last
> > year. For more information, you can read the following news reports:
> >
> > Focus Taiwan:
> > http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aall/201305210035.aspx
> >
> > ZDNet:
> >
> http://www.zdnet.com/cn/taiwans-copyright-act-amendment-proposal-comes-under-fire-7000015943/
> >
> > Now there are many Taiwan netizens protesting the bill:
> >
> >
> http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/26/netizens-fear-copyright-amendment-will-bring-web-filter-system-to-taiwan/
> >
> > But today we just see an news that TIPO just ignored these protests and
> > insist that this bill will not harm the net freedom and rights of general
> > users:
> >
> > http://newtalk.tw/news/2013/05/28/36854.html (it's in Chinese, you may
> use
> > Google translate to read the news.)
> >
> > Indeed we should protect the copyright, but to ask ISPs to block websites
> > is too over-reaction.
> >
> > We Wikimedia Taiwan is now against the bill and has just released an
> > Chinese announcement on our official website to explain why we against
> the
> > bill and ask the government to stop the act:
> >
> > http://bit.ly/ZbvTX0
> >
> > We also started an discussion on zh.wp to ask the community if we could
> put
> > the announcement as an global site notice, we even think about blackout
> > zh.wp for 24 hours (the date is still in discussion):
> >
> > http://goo.gl/fXi8g
> >
> > This is because according to Alexa.com (http://Alexa.com), Wikipedia is
> now
> > the top 10 website in Taiwan. To blackout Wikipedia in Taiwan should get
> > the attention of TIPO and has some effects.
> >
> > My questions are:
> >
> > * Could we ask for blackout Wikipedia (not just zh.wp) ONLY for Taiwan
> IP?
> > (Some users from China hope this blackout will not effect them)
> > * If we could not blackout Wikipedia only for Taiwan IP, could we ask to
> > blackout zh.wp? (from what we have discussed on zh.wp, the Chinese
> > community has agreed on such blackout, but the date is still on
> discussion)
> > * If we could implement such blackout, how soon it can be done?
> > * What suggestions from you that we should do as an local Chapter?
> >
> > Thanks and Regards,
> > Ted Chien
> > Chairman
> > Wikimedia Taiwan
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> Tilman Bayer
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