Several websites have joined in on protesting against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Many of the sites went on a blackout, and posted links where users can reach their Senators and Congressmen.
SOPA would make it very easy for someone to get court orders that would shut down websites that are suspected of copyright infringement without due process. Of course folks like the Motion Picture Association of America say it’s irresponsible and they call it a stunt. Of course there is a lot to it, but Wikipedia has plenty of information on it (the rest of the site is blacked out today). It’s worth reading into.
Let’s take a look at some of the sites that have participated in the Blackout, we’re sure there are many more:
Wikipedia links to more information about SOPA and PIPA and gives you the information you need to contact Senators and Congressmen. Link
Google also protests SOPA, PIPA
Google is still usable, but they have their logo blacked out on all pages. They also have a link so that users can write to their congressman and let them know how they feel. Link
Reddit takes on SOPA and PIPA
Reddit has been one of the most vocal about their stance. They are doing what they can to make this known and are updating live to keep users informed. They have one of the best frontpages of all, if you ask us. Kudos, Reddit. Link
Wired is also censoring their website. You can hit the uncensor button, but the default will take you to the page above. Even Wired is getting involved. Link
Mozilla, the folks behind the Firefox browser are also doing their part. Their site is blacked out and they have information about both SOPA and PIPA. Check it out here – Link
More Sites Will Be Doing the Same
These are just some of the high-profile sites. We’re sure there will be plenty of sites out there doing the same, and we haven’t even checked out part of what’s out there. Still, it’s worth reading up on what SOPA and PIPA are and you can do so by visiting any of the above sites and checking out the information.