Today has been set aside by several on the internet to protest two bills before congress known as SOPA and PIPA.  Here's a quick glance at what the issue is all about.

Major websites including Wikipedia have been blacked-out today as a protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act, being debated in the House of Representatives and Protect IP Act in the Senate.

There are arguments on both sides of the issue, and both New York senators are co-sponsors PIPA.  Below is an article that explains why tech and website companies are protesting the acts.