Websites Protest SOPA, PIPA Bills

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Websites throughout the U.S. launched a public protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act on Wednesday by blacking out their home pages or posting information to help site visitors let their Senators and Congressmen know they don’t support the bills. Sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Google are participating in the protest with special messages and links to information about opposing the proposed legislation.

Wikipedia's SOPA protestWikipedia’s SOPA protest

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, is a House of Representatives bill that would make it surprisingly easy to get court orders to shut down any website suspected of participating — directly or indirectly — in copyright infringement without requiring due process.

Internet service providers and online search engines would be required to block access to sites that host or link to other sites suspected of copyright infringement, and unauthorized streaming of copyright-protected content would be a felony offense.

PIPA, or the Protect IP Act, is a similar bill working its way through the U.S. Senate.

Reddit opposes SOPA and PIPA, tooReddit opposes SOPA and PIPA, too

Wikipedia searches all point to a special page with information about SOPA along with tool for contacting your local House Representative. Reddit’s home page currently offers some SOPA and PIPA protest information along with links to sign an anti-SOPA petition and to contact your local Representative.

Google's logo leads to an anti-SOPA pageGoogle’s logo leads to an anti-SOPA page

Google has blacked out its home page logo, and is hosting a web page titled “End Piracy, Not Liberty.” Along with protest information, Google is helping site visitors sign an anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA petition.

American Censorship also offers a tool for locating your Congressman and voicing your support for dropping the SOPA bill.

Work on SOPA was temporarily suspended after President Barak Obama spoke out against the bill’s wording, although markup on the proposed legislation will resume in February. The Senate’s PIPA bill is scheduled for a vote on January 24.

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geoduck

Sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Google are participating in the protest with special messages and links to information about opposing the proposed legislation

I just checked Google.ca and it’s unchanged

This and that

I just checked Google.ca and it?s unchanged

SOPA and PIPA are bills being written for the United States and thus would not effect Canada. Most likely they are the the same.

geoduck

Parliment is looking at a similar bill for Canada. If the one in the US passes it will go a long way towards pushing it through up here. Google.ca should be on board. As I understand it TwoCows is based in Canada and is taking part.

Lee Dronick

Take a look at today’s Joy of Tech comic http://www.geekculture.com/joyoftech/joyimages/1641dark.gif

Lee Dronick

SOPA and PIPA are bills being written for the United States and thus would not effect Canada. Most likely they are the the same.

I think that PIPA would affect non USA websites in that we could be blocked from visiting them. Whatever the case may be it is still a draconian proposal, as is SOPA.

ctopher

craigslist.org is also blacked out.

Andrew Stergiou

IN PROTEST OF SOPA AND PIPA,
WE HAVE MAYBE 12 hours TO BLACK OUT THE INTERNET!
I MEAN THE WHOLE INTERNET, ALL OF IT!

Can’t be too difficult if every acted with a minimum of effort?

BLACK OUT TO REESTABLISH AN ACTIVE CIVILIAN PRESENCE ON THE INTERNET!
BLACK UP AGAINST CENSORSHIP AND UNLAWFUL INTRUSIONS!
BLACK OUT AGAINST IT CORPORATE ABUSES!

BLACK OUT IN A PRESENCE WHERE THE CORPORATE ELITE IS MEANINGLESS!

I see an internet I want it painted BLACK
BEFORE TODAY IS OVER, I want it painted BLACK
I WANT NO THE PROFILE PHOTOS In their cheerful tones
ON FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE PLUS
PROFILES SHOULD BE BLACKED OUT!

http://zito.biz/fuckyou/?p=2630
http://templeofreason.org/news/?p=2787

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