On January the eighteenth, 2012; the United States of America proposed a bill named "Stop Online Piracy Act" or "SOPA" for short and "Protect IP Act" and it was also shortened to "PIPA." These bills are threatening to Wikia due to these reasons posted on IP Law Wiki in the section called "Take Action" :
Why this matters to you and to Wikia
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, I'm sure all of you have been reading about SOPA and PIPA in the news. While SOPA -- the bill in the US House of Representatives -- has gotten most of the attention, it's sister legislation, PIPA -- the bill in the US Senate -- represents a similar approach, these bills are driven by the content industry and are aimed at combatting online piracy, protecting intellectual property rights of copyright holders and protecting jobs that are claimed to be affected.
The content industry's key objective with this proposed legislation is to stop foreign companies who make millions of dollars on the backs of unlicensed content or counterfeit goods. The air supply for these companies are search engines like google who enable people to find them in the first place, ISPs who host the offending sites and payment processors (like Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, etc) who deliver payments.
While the goals of SOPA and PIPA are clear and we support them, the way SOPA and PIPA attempt to accomplish the goals amounts does not work for the internet and companies such as Wikia because:
Battlefront Wiki, as a part of Wikia, agreed with this fully and create the decision to blackout along with millions of other sites.
For there is not a proper way, Anakin Skyobiliviator uploaded this on the main page to raise the awareness:
Due to the United States Congress, no edits will be allowed as our site is on black out on January 18 2011 to raise the senses of the people of this involuntary action.
Upon the next day of January the nineteenth of 2012, due to a few misunderstanding of sign, Anakin inserted a message on the Community Corner that said the following:
Due to our protest against SOPA and PIPA, everyone please refrain from editing from January 18 to January 20. Talk page edits are allowed but article fixing must be held until the assigned date. Thank you for your cooperation.
And to prove the point, he states that this blackout will last four days from January 18 to twentieth. He also uploaded an image that will replace the main page's normal format during the blackout. This is the image:
The quote was taken from the 501st Journal of the first mission and revised to fit the situation.