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SOPA Blackout Set For January 18th: Here’s All The Info

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SOPA Blackout Set For January 18th: Here’s All The Info
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Over the weekend, the Stop Online Piracy Act was dealt a major blow as the legislation was delayed until “outstanding concerns” have been addressed. SOPA will not move forward in the House as the official vote was been cancelled and the bill has been yanked from the floor. Representative and SOPA opponent Darrell Issa cheered this as a win for the internet community – but he warned that SOPA’s Senate cousin PIPA is still a major concern.

He’s right, and SOPA is still a concern as well. While it has been delayed, SOPA is not dead (just ask SOPA author Lamar Smith). It is entirely possible that SOPA could resurrect once a “consensus is reached.” SOPA must be destroyed while vulnerable.

And presumably, that’s why many sites will still participate in a scheduled blackout on Wednesday, January 18th to protest the legislation.

Update: 12:00 AM January 18 – View Live Protests:
Wikipedia
Google
Craigslist
Boing Boing
MineCraft
WordPress

Do you support sites like Wikipedia going dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA? Or do you feel that it’s the wrong move? Let us know in the comments.

Here are some of the bigger sites that will officially go dark on the 18th:

  • reddit
  • Wikipedia
  • Mozilla
  • Failblog, rest of the Cheezburger Network
  • Boing Boing
  • WordPress
  • MoveOn.org
  • TwitPic
  • Minecraft.net
  • Riot Games
  • Epic Games
  • 38 Studios
  • Red 5 Studios
  • Google will be changing their homepage
  • Imgur
  • Tor Project
  • Miro
  • iSchool at Syracuse University
  • Oreilly.com
  • Good Old Games
  • Free Press
  • Mojang
  • XDA Developers
  • Destructoid
  • Good.is

Smaller sites can get in on the protest as well. A site, sopastrike.com, has been set up by the Fight for the Future non-profit. It allows anyone with a website to join the strike. The site’s list of all registered blackout participants contains hundreds of small websites.

If you want to participate in the blackout, you can use the Simple Stop SOPA WordPress plugin. It will blackout your site and show the following message in white:

This site has been blocked in protest of the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) two bills which will allow the government to censor the internet. Find out more at americancensorship.org or the video below. This website will return at 8pm.

It will also show this video about SOPA and PIPA. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s a nice video that explains the dangers of the legislation:

If you want a little more control on your blackout, you can try this other WordPress plugin.

Googler Pierre Far made a timely Google+ post Monday evening, coyly referencing the fact that sometimes webmasters feel the need to take their site offline for a day because of “server maintenance or as political protest.” He mentions this action as the most important one to take if you plan on having your site go dark for a day:

1. The most important point: Webmasters should return a 503 HTTP header for all the URLs participating in the blackout (parts of a site or the whole site). This helps in two ways:

a. It tells us it’s not the “real” content on the site and won’t be indexed.

b. Because of (a), even if we see the same content (e.g. the “site offline” message) on all the URLs, it won’t cause duplicate content issues.

2. Googlebot’s crawling rate will drop when it sees a spike in 503 headers. This is unavoidable but as long as the blackout is only a transient event, it shouldn’t cause any long-term problems and the crawl rate will recover fairly quickly to the pre-blackout rate. How fast depends on the site and it should be on the order of a few days.

You can see the entire list of tips here.

If you don’t own a site and want to spread the word of the blackout via social media, you can use the hashtag #sopastrike or #stopsopa all day. BlackoutSopa.org also allows for you to change your Twitter pic to one of three images – either a smaller “Stop SOPA” banner under your pic, a total “STOP SOPA” image or a simple blackout.

There is still a day until the SOPA blackout, which means the window is closing for other big-name sites to join in. Having Reddit and Wikipedia down is going to be a huge deal, and it would only get bigger if other social sites joined the blackout party.

But it appears that not everybody is joining the party. In response to Radar correspondent Alex Howard asking him if he had the “cojones” to join Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia in the blackout, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had this to say:

@digiphile @jayrosen_nyu that’s just silly. Closing a global business in reaction to single-issue national politics is foolish. 17 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

He elaborated:

@digiphile Not shutting down a service doesn’t equal not taking the proper stance on an issue. We’ve been very clear about our stance 17 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales agrees that Twitter should not go dark in protest –

@dickc Can you confirm your support for Wikipedia’s protest? I agree with you that twitter should not go dark. 14 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

He makes a distinction – that Twitter needs to be used to organize the protests. It’s a no-brainer that shutting down giant social media sites like Twitter and Facebook would severely hamper the ability to communicate about the protest. But if the purpose of the blackout is awareness, to send out a warning message, then nothing would be as jolting as seeing a site like Twitter go dark for an entire day.

Not all SOPA opponents feel that a blackout it a good way to tackle the unpopular legislation. As PandoDaily’s Paul Carr writes,

Arguing that a one-day closure reminds everyone of the importance of net freedom is like burning down one church to underscore the importance of the First Amendment for all of the others. Even if the shut-down did send an effective message, it’s still not Wikipedia’s call to make. If you ask the entire world for money to stay live, then you owe the entire world the courtesy of staying live, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

He also stresses that Wikipedia should stay neutral on policy issues, as they are dedicated to staying impartial in every other facet of the site. Jimmy Wales has responded to this concern as well:

@andrewsmatt Articles must remain neutral. The community need not, not when the future of the Internet is at stake. 13 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

So the English version of Wikipedia will be inaccessible for the purposes of article retrieval from 5am GMT to 5pm GMT on Wednesday. All visitors will see an open letter asking that they contact their representatives about SOPA/PIPA. Wales told the Telegraph:

“The general sentiment seemed to be that US law, as it impacts the internet, can affect everyone.”

Do you think that Wikipedia has a duty to stay neutral on the SOPA/PIPA issue? Or do they have a duty to take a stance because the legislation threatens the internet as a whole? Let us know in the comments.

Although SOPA was dealt a crushing blow this weekend, do you think that the demonstration is necessary to show people the real cost of internet censorship, so maybe legislation like SOPA won’t get this far in the future? Or do you think that blacking out a popular site for an entire day is too much, or even counterproductive? Do you think that it will work in swaying any SOPA supporters? Let us know in the comments.

SOPA Blackout Set For January 18th: Here’s All The Info


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  • http://www.jacksononthemoon.com Sharon J

    Not sure if it will help the cause, but what it will do is make many people aware of the dangers of a bill like this, people who have not been paying attention. So the spin off will be good, I think. I wonder if GoDaddy is considering it or (gasp) Google?

    • pj

      go daddy is one of the few who support sopa. go daddy.com has been strongly boycotted as a result

      • Jonas

        Thats BS. As a customer of Godaddy i opened a case with support asking them to disable any autorenewal i had enabled at the end of my contracts as a protest against their first stand on SOPA. As more customers teamed up against it, godaddy changed their standpoint from positive, to semi-agreeing, to reject it until something commonly agreed could be made up. The only people fighting Godaddy now is people who wants to gain some of their customer-base.

        • TZ

          So that’s not BS, that’s information which is not up to date.

          Why are you so agressive when you had exactly the same reaction against Go Daddy ?

        • robopanda333

          well that’s because all the people already fought go daddy. honestly i think that if go daddy wants people to come back they should consider blacking out.

      • bradon

        Godaddy actually recently withdrew their support due to economic backlash from… well… their customer… Wikipedia.

  • Me

    I think it’s stupid. The people who will be effected by this aren’t in DC making dumb decisions. The people in DC probably can’t even pronounce wikipedia. I’ll just avoid those sites who choose to do this, Wednesday and in the future. I’ll go to different sites.

    • MeIsADumbass

      Well Me, you’re not very bright. If they don’t do this and try to stop it you won’t have the choice of not going to those sites because your DC people will make sure they no longer exist.

      • Kymm

        That’s right. The idea of blocking access to these sites is to make the American People aware that these sites could be shut down due to this bill. SOPA Blackout is just a taste of what you will experience in it’s future internet. You should get mad, and irritated that this blackout is happening, then write your local congress and tell them to shut SOPA down, so you don’t have to experience it 1,000,000,000 X’s fold. That’s the point.

        • prince mac

          exactly the point. the whole reason for the blackout is for people to know about SOPA, incredibly enough not even a quarter of internet users know what SOPA is or what they plan to do and will eventually get to do.

        • Me

          If that was the point why not post something on the website for more than one day? Have a redirect page when the person first gets to the site and then they can X out after reading it and then do what they went to the site to do. The person can then contact whoever their elected official is if they choose to.
          I agree with the intent, just not the method.

          • robopanda333

            well that method would just be slightly annoying, most people wouldn’t read it.
            this way generates noise and lots of it. i would love for google to do the same thing, because only the most ignorant idiotic people would not notice, and the news would have to report it.
            but as it currently stands i think it is great.

      • Me

        Don’t question my brightness by my opinion here. You don’t even know me. And they aren’t MY DC people. Just because I think this is a dumb move that does little to bother people in DC, doesn’t mean I agree with the bill or that I even like the people in DC.

        • ReplytoME

          The point is not to bother the people in DC, the point is to get people to realize what this act will do. The method is simply showing a preview of how this bill will affect everyone when they go to use the sites they use everyday. How would a blackout be a dumb move?? That is what this act will do, but a lot longer than just one day. This simply raises awareness.

        • metoo

          People need to know what’s at stake here. The blackout is as much a protest to the bill as it is symbolic of what will come should the bill be passed.
          It’s not about piracy. It’s about losing the only free-space we’ve got.

        • Ryan

          I think it will bother officials in DC a lot. From what I understand they are posting phone numbers of reps in DC so people will contact them. I’m sure the phones will be off the hook tomorrow.

    • rowenacherry

      “affected”. Effected is something entirely different.

    • Michael

      This is the trouble with people today. Americans are more than willing to allow Washington politicians, who are bought and paid for by the very companies pushing the bill, to walk all over their rights because they are too damn ignorant to pay attention to the very things that effect the majority.

      Heads up “Me,” There is another bill in the works, The Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, that will force your ISP to track your every move online, including collecting and storing your bank account and credit card number[s]. As if there are not enough ways for hackers to get a hold of that info.

    • Instantaneous

      Good luck finding sources of free information. All search engines oppose it (and that’s ALL search engines, my friend.)

  • Td

    Stop scaring people…it will stop people from stealing other peoples work and making money from it. Like Googles youtube and it 99% stolen content. Thats why they r against it. It’ll kill their fat money cow!
    If u were an music writer and some stole your new cd and put it on yt then no one bought it bc they got it free u would be fine w/that? No u would be all for it.
    Avg People wont notice one way or another. I could care less either way but just giving my opinion.

    • FjKnight

      Idiot, don’t you see? If they pass this, it sets a precedent. And then they pass another law and another, and then pretty soon there is nothing left to enjoy because the freedom that was once there is gone.

      SOPA seeks to stop the freedom to share joy. How? The way it is worded would prevent you from uploading video game footage of you enjoying and sharing your gameplay over YouTube. Want to sing your favorite song while jamming on a guitar and post it on YouTube? Nope, not if SOPA passes.

      • rowenacherry

        The “freedom” isn’t there now. It is already illegal to “share” copyrighted movies, music, games, e-books. Check out the wording of the DMCA.

        “Fair Use” only applies to small portions, not entire works. “First Sale” rights apply to one original paper and one original vinyl, not to infinite numbers of copies. “First Amendment” protects your right to original speech of your own creation, not to publishing copies of someone else’s.

        • Frank

          You sound like you know what your talking about, because you are exactly right.

    • Kymm

      More people are being made into serious musicians and artists due to the art of sharing on sites like YouTube, and Facebook. Take Justin Bieber… He would be nothing without it. I think successful artists are not in the least concerned about people sharing their work…. It’s the record companies, and Hollywood execs that raped the artists wallet to begin with, who suffer from sharing sites… It’s no different than the invention of the recordable VCR or cassette player… neither of which shut down the music industry… They’re just too lazy to integrate, and find a useful way to connect to their audience via sharing, an all of this new fangled technology…. Replace those execs with a couple of young whipper snappers, and they’ll show you how to get the work done!

      • rm

        this is the real issue – the big “old school” media moguls see their monopolistic legally mandated dynasty threatened by the freedom of new artists to get published without them on the web so they want control of it and all the $$ coming in the future – don’t buy their story – it’s time for their way of doing biz to go and the new generations of talent to find their own way to capitalize the revenue from their creations without having to give most all of it to SONY and the others

        • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

          It is that and much, much more. The major media used to easily control almost EVERYTHING the public saw EVERYWHERE. Now they don’t – although the way Google is favoring big brands and those who agree with the party line and burying alternative viewpoints they DO have alternate plans besides SOPA, PIPA and COPPA.

          With this law ANYONE can complain about ANY site and potentially have it disappear – along with their access to PayPal or any other payment gateway.

          The potential for abuse is HUGE. Have an unethical competitor? Hand them a way to get rid of you. Write the Truth as you see it? Hand anyone who disagrees with you a way to force your hosting company to take you offline.

          Over time, we could systematically lose all independent and dissenting voices and all alternatives to what the few want us to believe and eventually end up with ONE store where all the formerly free but now totally enslaved must shop.

          I am NOT exaggerating – and the overwhelming reaction to SOPA should tell you that many others are responding because they see the same dangers I do.

    • BT

      I dont think you grasp how that actually HURTS many artists out there, as well as many people who make a living reviewing movies or games.

      Read up on it a tad bit more, and dont accept their sermon at face value. They will control what we see and what we post.

      Freedom will end on the internet.

      • Jakob

        Actually,
        We don’t care is people ‘steal’ albums through peer-to-peer networks, or in any other way.
        Artists only make about .5-2% of all albums’ value, per sale.
        The way that artists make money is by touring and selling tickets (and believe me, thats a LOT of money).

        I, personally, want to see Verisign join to protest, and pull down their two Root name servers. That would get people’s attention.

    • Gloq

      …the record companies are making all the money and trying to manipulate the government to extort artists and consumers alike

    • http://godaddy.com gochestatee

      I am opposed to piracy and to stealing music, arts, games and software. Game code is as much an art as album covers and should be protected.
      I also support free speech and due process and do not want my website to “disappear” because its IP address is next to the address of someone hosting pirated works.
      I don’t understand everything about SOPA, but I do know it opens the door for many more regulations.

    • Replyto Td

      But yet you like to be able to post the comment you just were able to post? Would you like to continue posting freely on the web? No one is trying to scare anyone, these are facts. If this is passed next thing you know we will be just like China.

      • rowenacherry

        Well, Todd, there are sites (not this one, obviously since my posts are posting) that censor comments they don’t like.

        • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

          Yes that is true – there ARE sites that censor comments and even appear to let us share content but don’t really share it when it is not what they want to get more visibility.

          The key is that today we can choose to stop reading and commenting on those sites that censor us and support those that don’t. If this atrocity passes there will eventually not BE any alternative sites that don’t censor us or blogs like mine that tell the Truth and annoy the powers that be.

          They don’t like people like me and I guarantee our blogs will be among the first to disappear. Sadly, most of the public will not notice or say a word even if their favorite sites go dark. Only if you have enough people to scream loud enough will you MAYBE come back. This law makes that less likely unless you have major financial backing to pay for legal representation.

    • Michael

      @ Td

      If you don’t have an issue with a bill that would give the RIAA [for example] the power to shut done any website because it may have a link to a site containing copyrighted material, without having to go to court, then you are right… everyone is just banging the drum in an effort to “scare” people.

    • Trevor

      You have to think, one justin beiber song made more money then all of the beatles music together, do they need more money, and without sites like youtube, facebook, ect the economy would be even worse off

  • http://www.retail4u.com michael blum

    I think if you commit to your cause than you have to be persistent. Once a month?

  • anonymous

    Hhhhhmmm. I wonder if Google left their balls in China, when they were helping them censor *their* citizens?

    • rowenacherry

      Google doesn’t have balls. It has sacks of money.

  • ericb

    We could all just not get online on wednesday, too.

    • ericb

      That video that you posted on youtube with your kid singing happy birthday to his dad stationed in iraq? thats a copyrighted song. Thats a crime, you’re a criminal. Criminals are terrorists, that site is blocked. Now it is time to search your PC for other copyrighted songs. Hand it over, asshole.

      • Quasi

        Well, Happy Birthday to You is public domain, so that’s fine. But the video of the veteran surprising his little girl in school with Butterfly Kisses in the background, that can get you up to five years in prison.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, HB is not public domain

          • Stephen

            Yeah there is a reason no restaurant sings the actual Happy Birthday song. They can’t.

        • SorkinFan

          Any fan of good television would know that Happy Birthday is NOT public domain. The representatives of Patty and Mildred Hill (It took TWO people to write that song?!) would have your money in a heartbeat, should you sing it.

  • Criddle

    What ericb said is exactly what will happen if we don’t find a way to stop it. Ron Paul for president 2012.

  • rowenacherry

    What this will show is the level of illiteracy among those against SOPA. How many of you spotted the grammatical error in the message that you all will be displaying on your websites?

    • Lillie

      It doesn’t mean that all SOPA opponents are illiterate because the person who put together the site made a mistake. If we were all supposed to type it in somewhere and a significant percentage of SOPA opponents typed it wrong, that could be cause for concern, but you can’t blame everyone if one person messed up.

      • rowenacherry

        I see that the missing “to” was added.

      • rowenacherry

        No, but it does suggest that persons organizing action against SOPA cannot spell “internet” and cannot tell a transitive verb from an intransitive verb. Why do you trust these people to tell you what is –actually– in the wording of legislation?

        • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

          So arguing over minor grammatical error is more important to you than censorship? We can not expect the one tree people to ever be able to see the forest – much less the planet.

    • Andrew

      Who let you out of the kitchen?

      • Trevor

        yeah get back in the kitchen

      • LOLWHUT

        She may an ignorant douchebag, but no need to act like a chauvinistic fuckwit. This is the fucking 21st century, not the 1800′s. Don’t generalize women and act like an asinine dipshit just because one person is stupid enough to support this bill. How you like it if someone told you to go back and mow the lawn? Not very nice, isnt’ it?

        TL;dr, get out of your parents basement, grow the fuck up, and educate yourself about society. It’s ignorant fucks like you who make me lose hope for humanity, Jesus fucking Christ.

        • U-Can-See-Me

          This.

  • William

    we all are in trouble if SOPA does pass because well have nothing left to enjoy our lives basically depend on internet

    • rowenacherry

      Are you saying that your enjoyment of the internet is based on your ability to visit foreign sites dedicated to copyright infringement?

      • Rich

        You embody the arrogance and elitism we all fear will come with the new controls over the internet these overreaching laws will bring.
        Even the most illiterate among us can see this.

        • rowenacherry

          Read the DMCA. It might also be a good idea to read any contract you sign on the internet.

          • Instantaneous

            First Amendment.

            Why give people rights when you’re just going to take them away with bullshit laws? Maybe you don’t understand the CONSEQUENCES (and you don’t, judging by your inability to see LONG TERM), but A) it’s not hard to use a proxy and B) you’re ignoring everything along the lines of what businesses can do. Would you like it if I shut down every business you cared about because of something that MIGHT be copyright infringement? No.

  • P Kuran

    As someone who has independently made films with my own money only to see them proliferated all over the internet for free, I am not only dismayed with congress and Daryl Issa but depressed that people don’t understand that it is STEALING! I am sure Daryl Issa would feel differently if the very thing that made him wealthy, his car alarms, would be stolen and given away for free. Anybody with a business could not stay in business if the very thing that they were selling, had been stolen and given away by others who have no right to do it. The lost income keeps me from being able to finish my next project that I am sure others would like as much as the ones that are pirated and freely distributed on the internet. Many of those pirates think this is about big studios but there are others like me, who invested a lot of time, energy and money into something only to see someone who, with a couple of keystrokes, steals it and gives it away because they feel that the internet gives them some kind of entitlement.

    • rm

      find a better way, one that does not theaten legit sites and the very foundation of the web – go to court and sue them just like you would have to do if they were selling your dvd’s – don’t threaten and take our rights away so you can make an easier buck off your junk

      • Michael

        Well said rm. There are already laws that protect copyright holders.

        • StopStupidLaws

          Exactly. Very well said. The laws exist so use the courts to get your relief. We have to stand up against this wave of insanity that puts profit over freedom. What a terrible trend it is too. The Patriot Act, sections of the NDAA and on and on. And there are plenty more in the making that are even more extreme. This stupidity has got to stop. Soon the internet is becoming a surveillance tool rather than an information resource.

  • Peep

    Why is the main stream media not covering this? This country is screwed

    • robopanda333

      well… lets think about this for a minute, ALL MAIN STREAM MEDIA SUPPORTS SOPA AND PIPA! They don’t want people to know about it.
      This is the main reason i think the blackouts are good, it will be very hard to ignore wiki going black, and the news will have to report on it.

      • Garrilla

        Actually, I first heard about SOPA from Robin Meade on HLN, sister station to CNN.

    • Michael

      CNN is owned by Time Warner, which supports SOPA.

    • http://GrowMap.com Gail Gardner

      The mainstream media wants to control what we see – and they ignore for as long as possible what they don’t want the masses to find out about – which is precisely what SOPA, PIPA, and COPPA are so dangerous.

      Right now you CAN find out what is going on with the Occupy movement even if they won’t cover it – and see videos of what is REALLY happening instead of their “a bunch of insane, stoned hippy anarchists” media spin nonsense.

      If these bills go forward the information we can find today will be systematically removed – and even if they don’t relying on Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. that are already censoring our activities and burying dissenting viewpoints will mean many will not know there ARE any other viewpoints.

  • http://www.etechlv.com Brian Arredondo

    I support the black out!! If people can’t go 24 hours without Reddit and other sites imagine how much they would hate SOPA and PIPA!

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

      I support the blackout but I don’t even know if I can go 24 hours without reddit…

  • Killen

    Im all for the protest, i believe everyone should participate.

  • http://www.ameriwebs.net George Snell

    “Hi, I’m from the government. I am here to help you…

    … and to interfere in everything in your life I could possibly intrude into. When I get to the point I can’t interfere any more, I will go back and make up some new rules.”

    • kate

      You don’t get what good government is, that’s the problem with America. It has not had a good government in 40 years, a government free of corporate or militaristic interests….Or perhaps ever!

      Governments in other nations provide cost-effective social programs, legislate on matters the public want to see legislation on, and largely represent the interests of their people. The US is a corrupt festering wound full of over-expenditure to and from special interests groups pushing their own barrel down a slippery slope into a black hole. WTF is your health system?! Paying buerocrats and middlemen to DENY care and administer a mess of layers between public and private systems? We already KNOW in Australia that Private Insurers cost the public purse money and this is why they only make up a small % of people in the system, as large scale hospital policies aimed at reducing waste and better patient outcomes work far better than allowing private interests to dominate healthcare. Australia’s postal system is also one of the most profitable in the world…the US’s is going bankrupt. I don’t know how America can get it SO WRONG…

      Politicians do not obey any sort of allegiance to a party, and for that reason, whore themselves out to the closest business for big cash advances. This is what SOPA is about, it’s about the entertainment industry pushing YET MORE legislation on Washington.

  • http://www.thecollectorshub.com The Collectors Hub

    Bold move and I support them

  • Matt Brady

    I only wish Google and Bing would join the cause!

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

      Google is putting a link on their homepage, but not going dark.

      http://www.webpronews.com/google-to-protest-sopa-pipa-with-homepage-link-2012-01

  • Rickey Morris

    Yes I am taking down my sites as well, and putting up a notice as to why, and fully support all the major sites that are leading the way. Nothing good ever comes from our Governments involvement in Commerce, or regulations, or Taxes.

    • Alison

      Agreed. If people want the government to control everything, they can move to a country that does so. This is America, and here the people fight to preserve freedom in all forms.

      • kate

        America’s problem isn’t government per se it is bad government dominated by corporate interests and a broken party system that does not involve Westminster discipline. If everyone in a party was supposed to toe a party line for the most part, then parties would come up with coherent policies and be less beholden to corporate interests.

        The problem starts when politicians are free to pursue their own corporate interests and start getting golden handshakes from industry.

        The American Government system is confusing having a free and fair government compared to regulating against corruption and backhanders from industry.

        This bill is being pushed by Washington, by a politician who could not get away with it if he was part of a Westminster system.

        • kate

          second last para- the confusion comes between “free enterprise” and “free speech” versus free and fair government. That is what I meant.

  • http://ofertasresumidas.com.br/ Compras Coletivas

    We all have to do EVERYTHING possible to stop them wanting to Censure the internet. This is simply ridiculous and has to be stopped!

  • j preston

    The net should not go dark.
    A better move would be to put anti SOPA/PITA content on every page.

    JP

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

      The participating sites are putting anti-SOPA materials on their pages in lieu of normal operations. For instance, Wikipedia isn’t just going offline, but instead of normal functions, each page will have an anti-SOPA message and a plea to contact representatives.

    • rb

      I kinda agree. SOPA is mostly a US internal problem, not completely though, and “going dark” is affecting the whole world. Many of these sites have international visitors/focus and very little has been discussed about how non-US netizens might be affected.

      • kate

        I’m from Australia and I disgree with you.

        Awareness needs to be raised in Australia so Australians can put pressure on our government to pressure the Obama administration to maintain its stance.

        That, or pressure the Obama Administration to stop bugging us and shut up about a proposed filter designed to stop child porn and other illegal content.

  • rm

    Absolutely – there is a huge “land grab and resource take over” being perpetrated on us by special interest corp players – the “old school media” – they want the web now and the $$ they can monopolize on it – they will try anything including negative “there are problems on the web” legislation to steal it from legit smaller business usages … yes there are problems but they have the same problems in other forms of media transfer and they don’t get such draconian laws passed there do they? This is more about who will own the future of the web than the issues they are promulgating to the public and congress…

  • http://simpleits.net david

    Yes, I support anything to block these or any similar bills!

  • james

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=mFkEULhLPwY

    • james

      EMERGENCY ACTION AUTHORIZED. ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL PROTESTS IS NEEDED. CONVERGE AT FREEWAYS AND HIGHWAYS. LIBRARIES, MALLS, GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, SCHOOLS…ALL ARE ACCEPTABLE AREAS! STARTING TOMORROW!

      • jim

        NDAA will sack you and put you in the clink for “low level terrorism” Why aren’t we talking about NDAA as well as SOPA?

        It’s just as bad.

  • http://politicalavenger.com David Foster

    I really feel that they ALL need to black out for even half a day to wake people up because people have become so complacent and seem to think that nothing is going to affect them. I think that it sends a powerful message and would actually cause people to start paying more attention…so come on Twitter and Facebook…grow some balls and stand with the rest of us!

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

      The argument against Twitter and Facebook going dark is that they are communication channels that would help the protest by staying open – meaning people can share things across the networks.

      But the counter-argument to that is “well, so is reddit – and they are doing it.”

  • William

    Go Dark!!!! This will get the attention of the non-believers!

  • http://www.evil-root.com evil-root

    This is important to crush look what happens when the gov’t get’s it’s nose in the middle of things it has no business meddling in

  • http://www.islandheat.com Jeffrey Cartwright

    Take action and a call to join the proper way to deal with new laws Hire a team to fight the legislation. Going dark does not achieve a purpose other than like a child making a temper tantrum when they do not get what they want. Fight back do not cry and roll over by going dark. I have a DOLLAR to donate to the cause and I am sure millions of other online business would also donate to a lobbyist fund and legal team to fight for our and my rights.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/justsayingmypiece/ Charlie

    I guess I really don’t know enough about the details of SOPA (et al.), so I think I’ll forego comment on the nuts and bolts of it. Suffice it to say that if some of the biggest sites on the Internet are getting “antsy”, for whatever their reasons, I’m at least ‘suspicious’ about SOPA, for sure.

    That said, my main hope for the Internet is that it will NEVER be squelched the way so many other platforms and venues are these days. I am also a realist, and I know my hopes might not be enough to keep it “free” and unencumbered from governmental interference…but I’m willing to voice my distaste and, hopefully, let others know I support FREEDOM…and if SOPA infringes on my FREEDOM, I’m against it vehemently. I’m just sayin’…!

  • craig

    Yes I think a blackout is the right move…there needs to be big action taken against this big than a blackout but its a good signal to send

  • Watching the Wheels

    The public p*ssing contest between the tech world, the world of tangible business and government, is doing little more than inconveniancing me.

    I feel that the techies at large could have done much mor in terms of real respect when dealing with people who had issues with them and the entirty of this COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!!!

    I do NOT appreciate the techno-nrds trying to agitate me into joining into their battles.

    If EVERYONE practiced the respect that they themselves would like to receive NONE OF THIS WOULD BE GOING DOWN NOW!!!

    IF Disney says DO NOT ?”help”? me gain exposure, take them at their word.

    IF ntertainers say leave my stuff alone, take them at their word.

    IF China has said back the F off, MAYBE,… Google should have taken them at their word.

    Attempting to blackmail me, or to coerce me into fighting a tech battle, or for the VC’s behind the tech world need to hint at more outsourcing of American jobs, ON PRINCIPAL, I will stand with the other side.

    Personally, the world got along just fine before these nasty machines, and I feel that in many ways “tech” has caused more harm than good.

    • Andrew

      So toss your computer and shut up. Some of us find the net useful, and care.

      • Trevor

        do you understand what big sites do for jobs and the economy, throw you computer away, you are obviously ignorant.

  • http://portlandinternetdesign.com John Ellis

    It has to happen. We need to send the message. If we do nothing… SOPA will return and continue to be a threat. If we take a strong stand now and do a web, “show of force” we will send the message that SOPA will not be tolerated.

    The Government works for us… supposedly. The louder the message from the “people”, the better chance we have at the Government listening.

    The web seems to be the only place we can affect change these days. Let’s use it as much as we can.

  • http://cghearn.com cghearn

    It’s an excellent idea. I don’t think the government will necessarily take notice, but it may cause enough people who use it daily to speak up who may not have before.

  • http://teddybearspersonalized.com Steven H

    The webmasters on the internet have always voiced disapproval by going black. I’ve been an isp since 94, so going black is nothing new to me. It’s always been an effective way of shaking up the web. SOPA is such an ignorant attempt to control the internet, favor the largest players and crush competition (the little guys). Thank you Wikipedia!!!

  • ILOVETEXAS!!

    WOO-HOO!!!!! BLACKOUT! I AM EXCITED! LOL

  • http://writersoftheriogrande.com Edgar Clinton

    It’s a good move. let’s not let up. The control freaks certainly won’t

  • http://katieschwartz.com Katie Schwartz

    I think it’s AWESOME. I wish more big sites and search engines, and portals should get involved. The only way to invoke massive change is by all of the biggest names online getting involved.

    Bravo to:
    reddit
    Wikipedia
    Mozilla
    Failblog, rest of the Cheezburger Network
    Boing Boing

    for having the courage to speak out by blacking out.

    Katie

  • Nighteyesv

    I wouldn’t have approved had they done this months ago but we’re down to a few days to raise awareness so extreme measures are required.Some may consider this the equivelent of burning a church to protest restrictions on the first amendment but the church isn’t going to burn just be closed for a day and that is an excellent way to raise awareness and show people what they can look forward to if this law does go through though on a far wider scale.

  • https://sites.google.com/site/chasecanade/ chase canadĂ©

    Yup – I support them. i believe Youtube and Vimeo should join in as they would be greatly affected.

    Everyone that wants freedom of the net should join in actually.

    It’s actually nice to see people stand up for something again. Instead of always laying down.

  • Michael Burbank

    I strongly support the blackout!

  • http://www.robZtv.com robZ

    This issue goes well beyond use of incidental copyrighted music and imagery in your home movie or instructional video. Logos/trademarks and many landmarks (Seattle Space Needle, for example) are intellectual/private property and to portray them requires clearance–which can usually be had for a price as long as the owner doesn’t object to the portrayal of their property (you can hash out the details with their lawyers). So, that youtube clip of your kids goofing in front of the Space Needle wearing Nike sneakers (swoosh!), Mariners T-shirts, sipping on Cokes while a car passes in the background with its windows down playing just enough of a pop song to be recognizable could get you (even today) a takedown notice unless you get (i.e., pay for) clearance from at least five different companies. You can claim fair use but that bar keeps getting raised, especially if your work attracts a lot of attention. SOPA will only have a chilling effect on free expression. It saves the copyright/trademark holders the hassle of going after individuals; instead, they put pressure on websites to police themselves. If passed and enforced, you can bet the websites will go beyond what’s expected just to be on the safe side. Through SOPA the entertainment biz hopes to avoid unfavorable outcomes such as Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC and Lenz v. Universal Music Corp.

    So, is webpronews.com going to black out?

  • http://parellic.blogspot.com Mike Smith

    SOPA = censorship. We must stop anything that damages free speech on the Internet. Otherwise we will have the Chinese system, which means you can only see what the Government wants you to see. Freedom is the only way forward. America is the land of the FREE – don’t ever forget it!

  • Doe Ercolano

    I support the cause because no one really understands how much every one depends on these sites. Government included. And quite frankly; I am sick of government sticking there nose in every movement that anyone does…. most we can thank Obama for. I can hardly wait until November!!

    • aj

      Heck Yeah!

  • Mimi

    Please sign this petition to stop S.O.P.A:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/congressrepresentatives-do-not-pass-the-sopa-sopa-bill

  • David Thobaben

    Its the wrong move because the websites that go dark is just what the government wants.They should not play into their hands.Thats what the government wants
    is for sites to go dark.That way they can exploit their censorship and push their cause further.The sites should stay up and fight the government.

  • PIJ

    I think the blackout is the wrong move. A blackout is a move to surrender. Never give up, never surrender.

  • http://www.captaincyberzone.com CaptainCyberzone

    It’s called “emotional thinking”.
    It’s a dumb idea akin to “cutting-off one’s nose to spite one’s face”!
    Punish the users (and yourself) in order to make a political statement?! Hoping to rile the lazy masses into complaining to their corrupted Representatives?
    Why not stay “lit” and post a co-ordinated short essay that educates the users and asks for their action and list the actions that can be taken (Democracy vs. Totalitarianism).

  • http://muzocial.com/en/ Muzocial – William Ward

    This can not be allowed to proceed, the owners of copyright material are in the same position as all owners of property and that is they are required to ensure the security of their property, this means spending the money that will ensure that their property is secure from piracy instead of criminalising ISP and websites and their users so as to aviod the extra expense involved in ensuring they have adequate protection…this is a scam of monumental proportions where the owners of property in the public domain demand all internet users to recognise their copyright over publications, music, content etc without the owners having to legally secure said property…..this never happens in reality yet it may become internet policy…the law if inacted lacks common sense if it proceeds.

    Any changes to the copyright laws should emphasise the owner of the property having to secure copyright material in such away as to not allow it into the public domain….This would sort out their problems with theft.

  • Kristen

    I support the desicion to blackout. I can last 1 day without the sites I love in order for the internet not to be censored.

  • aj

    I would like for More Sites like Google, FB, and Yahoo join as well. We all need to be aware when sopa comes back up. They will try to sneak it in!

  • Brandie

    fully support the blackout!

  • Michael Crowder

    It is their freedom of choice to do so. Enough said.

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