Summary Box: Wikipedia founder hails role in US

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Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia gestures during an interview with the Associated Press at the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Wales is fighting to stop a recent US plan to tighten anti-piracy laws and his vision for the open-source online encyclopedia. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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TAKING CREDIT: Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, hailed the online encyclopedia's role in helping halt U.S. legislation aimed at cracking down on Internet piracy.

WHAT HAPPENED: Wikipedia was among a number of sites that argued the bills before Congress would hurt technological innovation and infringe on free-speech rights. Wikipedia's English pages blacked out for 24 hours in protest.

RESULT: Congress postponed the legislation indefinitely.

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