The Day the Internet Went Dark

This is your Google search on SOPA-PIPA.

This is your Wikipedia on SOPA-PIPA.

This is your social stock market on SOPA-PIPA.

This is your Tumblr on SOPA-PIPA.

Dude, where’s my blog?

Some of the world’s biggest blogs and websites are going dark today to protest two bills before the U.S. Congress: SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect-IP Act).

The intention of the bills is to stop the piracy of copyrighted material, (e.g. movies, music, photography), mostly by companies based in foreign countries. Sounds good, right?

The problem with these well-intention bills is that enforcement goes too far, veering into censorship. The Orange County Register editorial sums up the problem with the way SOPA goes about stopping piracy:

Unfortunately, it does so by giving the government, and even private companies, vast new authority to shut down websites considered objectionable — without a court hearing or trial. According to Wikipedia, SOPA “would authorize the U.S. Department of Justice to seek court orders against websites outside U.S. jurisdiction accused of infringing on copyrights, or of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement.” The U.S. attorney general then could ban search engines, such as Google, from displaying links to the sites; and “could require U.S.-directed Internet service providers, ad networks and payment processors to suspend doing business” with the targeted websites.

The House has already stopped its consideration of SOPA. However, the Senate will vote on cloture for PIPA January 24 .

Learn more here: EFFCDTFuture of Music CoalitionHeritage FoundationStop American CensorshipReadWriteWeb

Take action here: SOPA Strike | Take Action

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9 Responses to The Day the Internet Went Dark

  1. I’m always on the fence about this, being literally on both sides of the issue is how you say, perplexing.

    There has to be a valid compromise that satisfies both sides of the issue. I don’t know what that is, however, having been taught literally since birth to share, and being told in the 21st Century it’s no longer polite, makes me wanna throw something through something else.

  2. I hope this protest works. By giving the Government power to shut down web sites over non life threatening issues is just wrong.

  3. SOPA & PIPA are both terrifying – but I can’t help but laugh (a little bit) when looking at sites like Google and The Oatmeal’s creativity for the Blackout. I did appreciate that Wikipedia put the option to contact your representative on theirs – definitely took advantage of it!

  4. I hope people have learned a thing or two about what kind of ramifications this bill would have.

  5. A beautiful collection of black screens. I was so impressed by the number of people that stood up and said something, changed their avatar, or blanked out their blog for the day.

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