Reddit’s SOPA & PIPA protestSome of your favorite websites have gone dark today in protest of two proposed bills, SOPA and PIPA. Others have strong messages posted on their home pages urging people to vote against the bills and to take action by contacting Congress today.
Sites that have gone full-blackout mode today include Wikipedia, Mozilla, Reddit, Boing Boing, and MoveOn.org. Others protesting the bills include Craigslist, WordPress, LiveJournal, Google, and many more.
The issue with the bills is that “The Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the web and impose harmful regulations on American business,” explains Google.
BoingBoing’s SOPA & PIPA protestBoing Boing‘s website says, “Boing Boing is offline today, because the US Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever. The legislation is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement. This would unmake the Web, just as proposed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). We don’t want that world. If you don’t want it either, visit AmericanCensorship.org for instructions on contacting your Senator.”
Mozilla’s website reads, “Today Mozilla joins with other sites in a virtual strike to protest two proposed laws in the United States, called SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act. On January 24th, the U.S. Senate will vote on the PROTECT IP Act to censor the Internet, despite opposition from the vast majority of Americans. Join us to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.”
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Google’s SOPA & PIPA protestThe message on Google today includes a form where people can sign a petition in protest of SOPA and PIPA. “Millions of internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.”
MoveOn states, “This is what Internet censorship looks like. Today, MoveOn.org is blacking out our website in protest of Internet censorship legislation—along with Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, and many other major websites. Sign our petition against Internet censorship.”
Craigslist’s SOPA & PIPA protest
Craigslist might have one of my favorite messages of the day so far, saying, “Imagine a world without craigslist, Wikipedia, Google, [your favorite sites here]… News Corp, RIAA, MPAA, Nike, Sony, Comcast, VISA & others want to make that world your reality. 80 Members of Congress are in their sway, 30 against, the rest undecided or undeclared. Please take a minute to tell your Members of Congress you OPPOSE PIPA & SOPA. PS: corporate paymasters, KEEP THOSE CLAMMY HANDS OFF THE INTERNET!”
I like how so many major websites are taking a stand, but I must say, I really miss you, Reddit. Can’t wait until I can browse all up in you again soon.
What do you think of the SOPA and PIPA blackouts and protests?