Both SOPA and PIPA are meant to attack the problem of foreign websites that sell pirated or counterfeit goods, according to The Washington Post. More than 7,000 sites are participating, reports The Huffington Post. To see a list of some of the big sites participating in the blackout, click here.
"As written, we cannot support the bills," said Tekedra N. Mawakana, AOL's senior vice president of public policy, in a statement. "We believe an open Internet is critical for innovation, job creation, and the sustained growth of Internet businesses. We are in the process of working directly with lawmakers
to improve the bills."