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Today, January 18, 2012, is the SOPA Internet Blackout day. Participating web sites are demonstrating what will happen if SOPA/PIPA passes.

Every site like this one would be gone.
Every site with any commentary would be gone.
Every site with a video clip would be gone.
Every site with reference to news would be gone.
Every site mentioning them would be gone.
Any site can be accused, and will be gone.
Anyone attempting free speech can be gone.

SOPA is H.R. 3261 "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA).

PIPA is S. 968 "Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011" (PROTECT IP Act/PIPA)

If Wikipedia is gone, you wouldn't be able to read these liks. In fact, it would be illegal to have these links on this page.

Wikipedia: Protect IP Act

Wikipedia: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)

From the open letter by over 100 copyright lawyers to the US Government:

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111115/17382616784/over-100-lawyers-law-professors-practitioners-come-out-against-sopa.shtml
  • Redefine the standard for copyright infringement on the Internet, changing the definition of inducement in a way that would not only conflict with Supreme Court precedent but would make YouTube, Google, and numerous other web sites liable for copyright infringement.
  • Allow the government to block Internet access to any web site that "facilitated" copyright or trademark infringement -- a term that the Department of Justice currently interprets to require nothing more than having a link on a web page to another site that turns out to be infringing.
  • Allow any private copyright or trademark owner to interfere with the ability of web sites to host advertising or charge purchases to credit cards, putting enormous obstacles in the path of electronic commerce.

  • SOPA Protests To Shut Down Websites:
      This is what happens when you make the Internet mad. On Wednesday, a group of technology companies will stage an unusual form of protest: They will shut down their own popular Web sites for a day to show their unhappiness with two Internet-regulation bills grinding through Congress. They argue that the bills would impose huge regulatory costs and stifle innovation on the Web. Around the country, Americans will wake up without some of the oddball essentials of online life. No Wikipedia. No Reddit, a compendium of links to stories and funny pictures that draws millions a day. And no icanhazcheeseburger.com, which is the world’s best-known collection of funny cat pictures. Read more here:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sopa-protests-to-shut-down-web-sites/2012/01/17/gIQA4WYl6P_story.html?hpid=z1

    Alternet Joins Websites In Blackout Against SOPA:
      As we reported earlier today, a number of major websites, including Wikipedia and Reddit, will stage a "blackout" tomorrow to protest SOPA and PIPA. Now, we're happy to announce that AlterNet will join the protest. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 18), AlterNet visitors will be met not with our usual blend of content, but with links to information about the dangerous legislation and ways you can take action against it.As a Hollywood professional recently wrote of SOPA/PIPA... Read more: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/?id=763529&t=tomorrow%2C_alternet_will_join_major_websites_in_blackout_against_sopa

    Who Backs The Anti-Piracy Laws? 
    Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16603870

    SOPA and PIPA, Anti-Piracy Bills Explained:
    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is the bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) is the parallel bill being considered by the U.S. Senate. The proposed legislation is designed to tackle online piracy, with particular emphasis on illegal copies of films and other forms of media hosted on foreign servers. The bills propose that anyone found guilty of streaming copyrighted content without permission 10 or more times within six months should face up to five years in jail. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16596577

    Wikipedia Joins Web Blackout SOPA Protest:
    Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline on Wednesday as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the U.S. The user-generated news site Reddit and the blog Boing Boing have also said they will take part in the "blackout". The sites' webmasters are opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) being debated by Congress. However, Twitter has declined to take part in the shutdown. Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16590585

    Wikipedia Blackout To Protest SOPA To Go Ahead:
    Former senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) slammed plans by prominent websites such as Wikipedia and Reddit to protest proposed anti-piracy legislation on Tuesday, calling a planned blackout day a "gimmick". Internet entrepreneurs – including Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of news sharing site Reddit, and Brad Burnham, whose Union Square Ventures has backed firms including Twitter and Foursquare – held a press conference in Washington earlier in the day as the tech community fights to put a halt to Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), two anti-piracy bills being scrutinized in Washington. Read more here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/17/wikipedia-blackout-tech-firms-sopa

    Canadians Join Website Blackout Protest Against SOPA:
    Some Canadians are pledging to join Wikipedia and other prominent websites in going black on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The self-imposed blackout is a protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation in the United States that could have far-reaching effects for Internet users and companies around the world. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) could allow website addresses to be blocked when complaints are filed about copyright infringement. Read more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/tech-news/canadians-join-website-blackout-protest-against-sopa/article2305331/

    White House Criticizes Online Piracy Bill:
    White House officials raised concerns about online piracy legislation pending in Congress that Google and Facebook have decried as heavy-handed and Hollywood studios and music labels say is needed to save U.S. jobs. In a blog posting, three advisers to President Barack Obama said they believed the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and other bills (e.g. PIPA) could make businesses on the Internet vulnerable to litigation and harm legal activity and free speech. Read more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/tech-news/white-house-criticizes-online-piracy-bill/article2303029/



    CNet Round-up on SOPA news stories

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    These are some participating sites:

      Admin Forums - Webmaster, Design, SEO & Forum Admin Community
      American Censorship
      Ars Technica
      Avast!
      Boing Boing
      Castle-G
      Center for Technology and Democracy
      Cheezburger Network
      City News
      Colossal Mind
      Craigslist
      CryptoCat
      Demand Progress
      E-cloudy.com
      Electronic Frontier Foundation
      Errata Security
      Fight For The Future
      Fight For The Future :: SOPA Strike
      Flickr
      Free Internet Press
      Free Software Foundation
      Google
      Greenpeace International
      Hacktivist group, Anonymous
      Hey It's Free!
      Imgur
      Internet Archive (archive.org)
      Leslie Networks
      Major League Gaming network
      Michael Moore
      Monticello Capital
      MoveOn
      Mozilla
      NLB Creations | Nikki Blight
      Open Congress / PPF
      OpenSUSE
      Pearl Trees
      Protest SOPA
      Public Knowledge
      RaGEZONE
      Raspberry Pi
      Red 5 Studios
      RedStoneHost.com
      Reddit
      Slashdot
      Song Meanings
      The Focus On Facts
      The Weekly Gripe
      Through the Eyes of a Pirate
      Tor Project
      Tucows.com
      Twitpic
      Vampire Diaries
      Wikipedia
      Wordpress
      XDA Developers
      XKCD
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