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Porn Sites Black Out For SOPA

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Porn Sites Black Out For SOPA
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With so many sites down today to protest SOPA and PIPA, it’s safe to assume that many internet denizens will turn to other recreational sites to fill the void (I’m looking at you, redditors).

But don’t think that just because you’re browsing the porn tubes, that means you’re in a SOPA Blackout-free zone.

In fact, many popular streaming porn tube sites have joined in the SOPA protest, and their participation ranges from blacked out landing pages to censored logos.

PornHub has placed a “stop censorship” bar over their logo, reminding users that the site, like other tube sites, would struggle to exist under SOPA and PIPA:

In fact, other tube sites in the extremely popular PornHub network participating in the protest too. This includes Tube8 and SpankWire:

Xvideos and XNXX have gone to greater lengths in protest of the legislation. Upon visiting their sites, users are directed to a landing page that announces the blackout:

SOPA and PIPA are laws that would lead to a censored internet, in the name of copyright protection. You may not have heard about them yet as the big medias are hardly covering the subject because they are all in favor of SOPA. This new set of laws was about the pass silently (less internet = more TV). It would allow copyright holders to shut down any site with user generated content (even just a little as it could be seen facilitating infringements), without due process, and create an American internet blacklist.

You can then access the site, but with this warning message:

Thank you for reading all this, you can continue to our site by clicking anywhere, this time…

One of the most interesting SOPA protests comes from TBLOP, or The Big List Of Porn. TBLOP is exactly what it sounds like – a giant directory of some of the best tube sites, pic sites, blogs, aggregators, and porn torrents on the web. They have greyed out every site on their list that might not exist if SOPA and PIPA were to pass:

TBLOP NEEDS YOUR HELP TO STOP SOPA & PIPA! FREE PORN IS IN DANGER OF DISAPPEARING. This is because of two new bills being voted on in the USA, called SOPA and PIPA. If passed, these bills could block or ban most websites. See the list below? The faded sites may soon be gone forever.

It may seem like a trivial thing – to put up these SOPA notices on porn sites. But just think how many daily visitors these sites have. Any little reference could spark further research into the topic – and knowledge is power.

Of course, can you imagine the freakout if some of these porn sites would have shut down completely, not just participated in the protest with censor bars and landing pages? Since this was basically a warning shot, a “see what could happen” if you will, by all means, resume your previous activities.

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  • Pete

    USELESS.

    They need to completely black out the sites.

    Just blacking out the logo, does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    They need to black them out, so you cannot use the site, so people have nothing better to do, than to actually read what SOPA and PIPA is about. It’s all about raising awareness, and just blacking out the logo does not do that. Most people will not even notice that the logo got blocked out.

    • http://www.ientry.com/ Josh Wolford

      It’s definitely a minor measure. Can you imagine if some of the top porn tubes actually shut down normal operations?

    • http://www.webpronews.com/ Mike McDonald

      Disagree.

      If the mission is raising awareness, mission accomplished.

      There’s no need in turning off things like Google (or porn) to make the point.

      • Daniel

        In my opinion that is wrong. Totally blacking out the sites is the only way to show the ‘possible effects’ of SOPA/PIPA.

        Minor measures are better then nothing, but not powerful enough.

        • http://www.webpronews.com/ Mike McDonald

          So, by that rationale, instead of NFL players wearing pink to raise awareness for breast cancer, they should just cancel the games in the name of breast cancer?

          • Ike Mcdanan

            First of all, breast cancer isn’t a censorship bill, apples and oranges man.

            Secondly, if your comparison was even partially intelligent, you wouldn’t cancel the superbowl or whatever, not many women watch foot-ball in comparison to the amount of men, so you would cancel a show that more women watch, because, more women then man develop breast cancer so educate those who need it most.

          • http://www.webpronews.com/ Mike McDonald

            Wow.

            An over zealous, comma riddled, point missing, period starved, football hyphenating, jab at the old intelligence.

            Classic Internet. If this isn’t worth preserving… what, I ask you, have we come to?

      • Scott

        If Google was turned off the world would end. I’d go home and drink instead of work. Would have been a fun experiment. Too bad.

  • http://www.davidcarondesign.com David

    I don’t believe that the point of the blackout was to show the effects. I believe that it raises awareness through peaceful demonstration.

    David Caron
    Atlanta Video Production

  • Jimmy

    retarded why cant parents just control what their children are watching this is absolulte bullshit

    • Gloria

      I’m opposed to censorship. I’m also opposed to adult material available in my living room 24 hrs a day to my 3 kids at the touch of a button. Opposing that is not the same as censorship; and telling parents to control what their kids watch? Good luck. Cell phones, ipods, laptops, satellite tv etc. are all used way more by kids and its impossible to monitor completely, assuming you don’t get a headache every time you try to figure out how it works. You used to have to go find a store that sold/rented movies or magazines and show id. Our society basically was in agreement about adult entertainment being available (freedom of ‘expression’) to adults, but far harder to access by minors. It’s not the case now and young people are increasingly body dysmorphic and sexualized. Now, as far as SOPA goes, if our freedom of expression gets protected by a nation of people starting to have separation anxiety over losing their favourite free jerk off sites, ok good whatever. But having to pay for porn is a good thing too: imo it would greatly reduce use by people too young to be exposed to it.

      • Stuart

        If you’re a parent of young kids (as I am) and your kids can access inappropriate material, then you are failing as a parent. How about not giving them a cell phone since they don’t really need them? How about utilizing the adult content blocks available for computers? Here’s a novel idea, don’t let them get a Facebook page where predators can access them. It’s absolutely amazing that kids 20 years ago survived without these toys, huh? Idiots have helped create this nanny state of future idiots. Good work.

        • Jack

          Also besides the fact that you allow your children access porn, everyone can go on youtube right? It is a world wide usuer friendly site that is also being threatened with censorship due to the copyrighted music in videos and copies of the same video. SOPA and PIPA don’t just censor the internet, the main goal behinde it is to stop piracy, for it is “theft” and a crime accessable to all who are allowed to access.

        • Gloria

          I didn’t say I was allowing access or failing to block access to inappropriate material. I was referring to feeling overwhelmed by the constant bombardment of inappropriate material from a variety of sources. Read what is actually written. And when your kids are older, (you clearly don’t have teenagers) your self-righteous attitude is going to take a BEATING.

          • Mrk

            Don’t use the internet, Gloria. The adult material is not in your living room, your living room is in the adult material. You bought the computer and the internet. Stop using the internet. I bet you voted for Obama, Gloria.

            “and telling parents to control what their kids watch? Good luck.”

            That’s your problem right there.

            “Cell phones, ipods, laptops, satellite tv etc. are all used way more by kids and its impossible to monitor completely”

            Are you a parent or their best friend? Behave like a parent and if you feel you can’t avoid adult content, well, get rid of all those devices. Phones don’t have to have internet. Call your satellite company and remove channels you don’t want. Stop asking others to do your job FOR JESUS CHRIST!!

  • Jeff

    Congress is getting their asses pounded like Jenna Jamison…

  • http://www.local-sex-personals.com/ local-sex-personals.com

    Makes me hot.

  • Ded

    who’s the hottie in the pic?

    • BlueGene

      Gemma Atkinson

  • fred

    It is the people that are stealing content and then giving it out for free that are protesting.. the sites above such as tube8 steal videos to bring traffic in and then use that traffic to sell dating, cams, toys etc…. of course they are going to protest because their illegal copyright infringement is being challanged

  • Bill

    I wonder how the world would be affected if Anonymous took down all the porn sites?

  • Mrk

    Josh, Are you on that “weird” side of the net again? You married Josh, QUIT IT!

  • Pacman

    SOPA should only block porn sites. Porn is a disease and a virus…

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