January 18, 2012
List of Sites Going Dark Today Over SOPA, and How Yours Can Too
Just as they’ve been warning for a few weeks now, a variety of websites, some small and others large in scope and influence, have shut down their virtual doors today in response to the possible passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act, otherwise known as SOPA.
The controversial legislation, before the House of Representatives, has caused nothing less than outrage from Internet service providers and their customers. The legislation, meant to stop companies from copying, or “pirating” content or software from others and reselling it, has been seen by many as over-reaching, a “sprawling new regime” of laws which will “stifle investment” and further “chill free speech” across the Globe.
Seems a bit hypocritical, to see such a law, created by a governing body which has refined to an art the practice of copying each other party’s stale ideas, covering up under the thin veil of a new name, then reselling the canned content to the masses every four years. No single SOPA-threatened site can match the profits derived from our own government’s freedom-infringing practices.
So Who’s Down Today?
Here’s a list of sites that have provided informational links explaining SOPA’s issues, or will go partially or completely dark sometime today, in hopes to raise awareness by its users, exhorting them to action.
If you believe SOPA will wither at the roots of a free Internet, please take the time to respond to the many petition links you’ll find at the sites on this list. If you find a site whose unrestricted content you can’t live without, please respond in the comments below with a link, and Technorati will add it to the list.
Want to black out your own site?
Showing your support with your Social Network Profile
Want to share with your online “peeps” your dread over SOPA possibly passing? Change up your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ avatar to show your solidarity with the growing list of sites going down today.
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