On January 18th, this site, among many others will “Blackout” in protest of SOPA. The date is chosen, because that is the day that some technology leaders are appearing at a congressional hearing. We hope they can convey the idiocy of the bill.
To join the protest, just put the following line of code on your site, and it will present a blackout (if the user clicks anywhere … they can get through it) that has links to relevent information (for more information visit the SOPA Blackout JS Utility site):
If the bill is passed, many sites on the net may have to shut down. The blackout is reminding people the site they are visiting may not exist if SOPA is passed.
If you want to read about what is wrong with the bill, I’ve posted some complaints in my article Boston.com Supports SOPA, a rant on SOPA.
The official Reddit Blog says they will blackout the service, in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) on January 18th from 8am – 8pm EST.
It makes sense as the bill would essentially force many sites, such as Reddit, to shut down.
Reddit members have rallied together to fight SOPA, and you can see their activities on their sub-reddit /r/sopa. Until now the protests coming out of Reddit have been by members. This marks the first official action taken by Reddit itself to protest the law.
Lets all hope he can convey the problems with SOPA, and convince the legislators not to pass it.
I just saw that Boston.com has an article posted on December 26, 2011 titled Removing the legal eye patch, announcing why it is in support of SOPA. Their main argument is that law enforcement needs more tools to stop piracy, and is summarized in this paragraph:
The Stop Online Piracy Act currently before Congress would finally give law enforcement the tools to crack down on the websites that enable Internet piracy. Currently, one can use Google to quickly jump to a site that offers pirated HBO shows or bootlegs of the latest hit album, or go on YouTube and watch television shows or music videos uploaded illegally, actions for which neither website faces repercussions. (YouTube has a policy against posting pirated material, but no legal obligation to police its site.)
Over the past few months, activists on the internet (most prominently on Reddit, Reddit Targets Alleged SOPA Supporters) have been voicing serious concern over this bill. The concern isn’t over protecting piracy (although I’m sure some are hoping to protect that0. The major concern is over the way in which the bill was put together.
The most dangerous parts of this bill, are sections that force website owners to be responsible for the content published by it’s users. Site’s like Google’s YouTube, Facebook, and almost any other site that allows user submitted content would essentially have to shut down.
Saw this link on reddit today, Exploring the software behind Facebook, the world’s largest site:
At the scale that Facebook operates, a lot of traditional approaches to serving web content break down or simply aren’t practical. The challenge for Facebook’s engineers has been to keep the site up and running smoothly in spite of handling close to half a billion active users. This article takes a look at some of the software and techniques they use to accomplish that.