Blackout 18 jan PIPA/SOPA
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Community news sharing site Reddit is planning to shut down its website January 18 in protest of proposed legislation the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) as well as the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), the company announced via a blog post today. SOPA gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against websites associated with infringing, pirating and/or counterfeiting intellectual property. Should SOPA (or PIPA) pass, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates.
For those keeping up with tech news, the internet is gearing up for a fight. Beginning with Reddit.com, serveral sites have pledged to go dark on January 18 in protest of SOPA and PIPA, the internet blacklist legislation currently making there way through Congress. @thoughtpuzzle has created a Google Custom Search that removes all search results from sites going dark on Wednesday:
*STOP #SOPA #SOPAblackout #J18 *
Yesterday, we blacked out the default start page in Firefox and redirected visitors to the Mozilla sites to a special action page. We also sent direct messages to members of the Mozilla community through multiple online channels. All these steps were aimed at informing and mobilizing millions of people on the poorly drafted anti-piracy legislation – SOPA and PIPA – pending in Congress.
The freedom, innovation, and economic opportunity that the Internet enables is in jeopardy. Congress is considering legislation that will dramatically change your Internet experience and put an end to reddit and many other sites you use everyday.
After hinting at a site-wide blackout to combat the SOPA anti-piracy bill , Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales confirmed today that the English version of the free encyclopedia will go offline on Wednesday, January 18. Channeling the energy of an excited teenager, Wales (pictured) tweeted this morning , “This is going to be wow.
Today, the Wikipedia community announced its decision to black out the English-language Wikipedia for 24 hours, worldwide, beginning at 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18 (you can read the statement from the Wikimedia Foundation here ).
Updated with more information below the post. We’ve already reported on Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales announcing that the site will be going dark, effectively closing up for business, for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest of SOPA ( Stop Online Piracy Act ).
Facebook Twitter Google+ Save E-mail Share Print The (day)long national nightmare is over. After midnight on Thursday, 24 hours after Wikipedia’s blackout began as part of a protest against two online piracy bills, the site returned to normal.
Although it didn't black out any of its sites entirely, Google has joined the anti- SOPA protest by putting up a censored version of its logo, visible only to users from the U.S. Google's David Drummond explained the company's views on SOPA/PIPA in an official blog post . PIPA and SOPA will censor the web, stifle innovation and hurt web businesses, says Drummond, and it won't even help the fight against piracy.
As you know, there are many sites going black to protest SOPA and PIPA .
For the next 24 hours I am blacking out TheOatmeal.com in protest of SOPA and PIPA. If one of these bills were to pass, this page is what many sites on the internet would look like.
On January 18, Boing Boing will join Reddit and other sites around the Internet in "going dark" to oppose SOPA and PIPA , the pending US legislation that creates a punishing Internet censorship regime and exports it to the rest of the world. Boing Boing could never co-exist with a SOPA world: we could not ever link to another website unless we were sure that no links to anything that infringes copyright appeared on that site.
Today, many popular websites are going "dark" in protest of Stop Online Piracy Act ( SOPA ). The consensus among many experts , Internet users, web companies and even the White House , is that SOPA is too restrictive, too dangerous , too complicated and too big of a threat to our privacy. In a way, today's blackout shows what the Internet might look if some of the principles in SOPA start being enforced as law.
An Internet blackout Wednesday by Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla and thousands of other sites against two anti-piracy bills in Congress has started to have its desired effect: Co-sponsors of the legislation have changed sides and other lawmakers have called for more debate before any vote.