Websites ‘Go Dark’ in Protest of Piracy Bills — PICTURES

Jan. 18, 2012, 3:26 a.m.

More than 7,000 web­sites plan to ‘go dark’ on Wed­nes­day in protest of a pair of bills aimed at curb­ing pir­acy, which the sites ar­gue will fa­cil­it­ate cen­sor­ship on­line. 

Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id plans to bring the Sen­ate ver­sion of the le­gis­la­tion, the Pro­tect IP Act, to a vote next week, to the praise of the Hol­ly­wood film and mu­sic in­dus­tries.

The House’s Stop On­line Pir­acy Act is still mak­ing its way through that cham­ber, but it has caused na­tion­al out­rage among those who con­sider it cen­sor­ship.

Be­low are screen shots of some of the web­sites that have blocked their con­tent to protest the bills.