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Wikipedia Imposes A 24 Hour Shutdown To Protest Over Web Piracy Bill

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: A laptop computer displays Wikipedia's front page showing a darkened logo on January 18, 2012 in London, England. The Wikipedia website has shut down it's English language service for 24 hours in protest over the US anti-piracy laws. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Online companies win piracy fight

Outspent but hardly outgunned, online and high-tech companies triggered an avalanche of Internet clicks to force Congress to shelve legislation that would curb online piracy. They outmaneuvered the entertainment industry and other old guard business interests, leaving them bitter and befuddled.