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digital labor, January 18, 2012.

“IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT FREE KNOWLEDGE.” To help the public envision such a scenario, Wikipedia went black for twenty-four hours on January 18, 2012, emblazoning its front page with that ominous slogan. In support of this action, protesters took to the streets in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle, and 4.5 million people signed an online petition initiated by Google. Even fresh-faced Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his first tweet since 2009, linking to a post that stated: “We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development.” The point of contention: the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, two now-notorious legislative bills put forth by Congress to curb copyright infringement. Supported by the Motion Picture Association of America and other powerful lobbies, the bills were designed to provide, among other things,

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