Preparedness In a Post-SOPA World

By: Chris Richardson - January 3, 2012

Hopefully, the Louis Pasteur quote subtitling this article motivates you enough to prepare yourself for a post-SOPA world, one where the Internet, as we know it, is rendered into a smoldering ruin that’s overtly governed by the copyright gatekeepers. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but then again, being prepared for a potentially real future could make the transition to a SOPA-controlled Interent much easier to navigate.

Mozilla, or at least some programmers who develop Firefox extensions, is already well on its way to remaining viable in a post-SOPA world, with at least two extensions designed to combat the preventive actions SOPA allows. Over at, someone has compiled a list IP addresses, creating the “SOPA Emergency IP list,” which features exactly what it says: IP addresses of useful/favorite sites that may or may not be hard to find if SOPA becomes law.

While the list has to the potential to be very helpful, the disclaimer which accompanies it takes it from “useful,” to “mandatory,” complete with a choice selection of NSFW language. There’s also a set of directions explaining how to implement IP addresses in lieu of top-level domains:

So if these ass-fucks in DC decide to ruin the internet, here’s how to access your favorite sites in the event of a DNS takedown:

# News

# Social media

# Torrent sites

# Social networking

# Live Streaming Content

# Television

# Shopping

# File Sharing

Here’s a tip for the do-it-yourself crowd: Go to your computer’s Start menu, and either go to “run” or just search for “cmd.” Open it up, and type in “ping [website address],”

Once you have the IP for a website, all you really need to do is enter it like you would a normal URL and hit enter/press go. Typing in “” should bring you to the front page of AO3, for example, just as typing “” should bring you straight to your Tumblr dashboard. Since we’re obviously bracing for the worst case scenario which would involve you not being able to access the internet regularly, you should, save this list.

Expect to see a whole lot more of these kinds of lists and other tools developed to circumvent SOPA/PIPA, especially if either becomes law.

Lead image courtesy of Rasul Maksyutov.

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  • Nigel

    This article is unnecessarily alarmist and also takes the side of the thieves who distribute copyrighted material by listing illegal torrent/filesharing sites which is the reason the law is being created in the first place. None of the social networking or news sites listed will be effected by SOPA in a major way.

    • Athox

      Right. Listen, you mindless baboon. SOPA allows you to take any site offline, without actual proof. All you need a court order, which we’ve seen are easily purchased (Nevada). If it turns out that their claim was wrong, there is no penalty.

      Do you REALLY believe that NOBODY will take this opportunity to harm their competition financially?

      If you post a comment on facebook (or any site with a comments field) containing a link to “copyrighted” (probably not, but Universal will claim anything these days) material, then this law allows a court to LEGALLY SHUT DOWN FACEBOOK. And they can’t do anything about it. It wasn’t their fault per se, it was just their fault that their 2000 employees didn’t check every message of their 800 million users.

      • Justin

        This is correct. This law is censorship and the people that agree with it either don’t know a single thing that’s actually IN THE BILL, or they just don’t care to be censored.

        I wish people would wake up and quit acting like everything that people in authority, ahem, the GOVT. do, is completely in our best interest and not negative AT ALL. {READ: NDAA}

        • David T. McKee

          Actually, just about everything government does now is completely unjust, and in the US, completely at odds with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. You can thank 50 years of Progressive Liberalism for that – a misnomer in definition as this form of human enslavement is neither “Progressive” nor “Liberal” in that it regresses the human condition to that of a brute beast, and it is in no way liberating, but enslaving.


  • Justin

    I tried inputting some of the ip addresses for some of the websites I use like gorillavid and and they keep giving me either a forbidden message or some other slack about not being able to complete my request. I did it correctly because the one for AO3 worked.

    I think it depends on whether the admins give the site permission to be accessed that way as one said admin didn’t give permission to access via ip or some other jargon like that.

    • dude

      you have to alter your hosts file…. google it

  • dingodog

    I have not really checked on the dangers posed by SOPA, but do they really believe that they can censor by manipulating DNS servers? It will work short term of course, but very soon everybody will have their own list of “forbidden” IP addresses. And not much later, a network of Free DNS servers outside the U.S. will spring up.

    Then their only option will be to set up a Chinese style wall around the country. Not really probable that they would dare to do that, or if they would dare, that they would survive for any longer period of time, politically seen.

    • David T. McKee

      Not to mention that there are many ways to destroy those systems.

  • Mark Fisher

    If the web server is set to use “named virtual hosts” (in apache), then the sites will not be accessible by typing the IP address into your browser.
    However, you can edit your “hosts” file which bypasses DNS altogether.

    • Bill Wynne

      Thanks for pointing that out Mark. Where do you find the hosts file?

  • albert

    The way of using IP address will affect all most all websites that uses shared hosting package. Most of the shared hosting uses shared IP (no dedicated IP in started or intermediate) differentiated with the header.

    It is going to be fun.

  • David T. McKee

    While I am in agreement that this SOPA thing has, as it’s stated goal to protect the intellectual property of individuals – the fact is when the government gets involved everything turns to sh*t. The government destroys everything it touches, for that is, ultimately, its purpose – it is a sword. The power hungry elitists are not those who want to build companies like facebook or google – rather it is those scum who live in government land who could never make it in a real job or business.

    They are the ones who need to be taken out. This effort is, in reality, just another step in their plan for human domination. True capitalism represents freedom and allows an individual to pursue his or her goals as they wish – so of course government must stamp it out.

    Another interesting point, the petition here to “Stop SOPA” sends you to several other liberal petitions run by the very organizations that support big government (“Unicef” for example). Don’t count on that petition doing much – we will have to do it ourselves.


  • Bob

    SOPA will not be used to prevent piracy. Pirate sites can move and pop up anywhere and SOPA will not be able to move fast enough.

    So, what is the “real” purpose of SOPA. Here’s an example.

    I run a perfectly legal company in the UK. I pay my taxes and obey the law.

    80% of my customers are in the USA. People in the USA like our product because it’s better, cheaper etc than anything made in the USA.

    When SOPA come in to force any of our US competitors will be able to use SOPA – without proof – to prevent access to our website basically shutting us down.

    I’m happy to compete with any business anywhere in the world. if my product is inferior then nobody will buy it. But I feel it in my bones that when SOPA comes in my competitors in the USA will be filing all manner of claims to have us shut out of ‘your’ internet space.