SOPA

SOPA Protest Today

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 | Business | No Comments

It seems like quite a number of sites have joined in the SOPA protest.

Some interesting one’s that I’ve seen have been:

  • Google
    Given their high profile, I was happy to see the logo was blacked out today in protest of SOPA.
  • Ars Technica
    I like the way they blended a protest, with staying functional.  Personally I’d prefer to show the site “down” as in “black”, but they were creative with an inverse color scheme.
  • Wired.com
    This is one of my favorites.  It looks much more like “censorship” than any other just black site.  SOPA is about both censorship, and the shutting down of innocent sites.

If you want to join in the protest against SOPA and PROTECT-IP (remember, they are BOTH problems, not just SOPA) you can check out instructions (it’s very easy):

  • SOPA Blackout JS – My quick writeup on how to deploy the SOPA Blackout javascript utility
  • SOPA PHP snippet – pop this in the header of your includes, and you can participate too

 

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SOPA Blackout JS

Friday, January 13th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

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):

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”//js.sopablackout.org/sopablackout.js”></script>

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.

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Reddit Protests SOPA with Blackout

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

US Great SealThe 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.

As mentioned yesterday in this blog, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian is against SOPA, and has been vocal on the news.  Alexis has been asked to testify at a congressional hearing on that same day.

Lets all hope he can convey the problems with SOPA, and convince the legislators not to pass it.

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Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on SOPA

Thursday, January 5th, 2012 | Business | 1 Comment

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Boston.com Supports SOPA, a rant on SOPA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Business | No Comments

US Great SealFor those of you who don’t know what SOPA is, it’s the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) introduced in the House of Representatives by Lamar Smith (R-TX).

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.

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