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 Pastie.org, 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:
# Social media
# Torrent sites
# Social networking
# Live Streaming Content
# 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 “126.96.36.199” should bring you to the front page of AO3, for example, just as typing “188.8.131.52/dashboard” 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.