Just a quick post to let you know that I will be participating tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18 from 8 am EST to 8 pm EST, in the nationwide protest of the SOPA/PIPA bills. Other sites around the internet will be participating too, like WordPress and Wikipedia. I’m against piracy, but to shutdown a whole site for one of its users’ infractions is not the way to handle the problem. One day you might be visiting tumblr.com and the whole site will be down because one user uploaded a copyrighted image. This is a statement in support of a due process, the right to be heard, the right to be presumed innocent of wrongdoing until proof has been made.
Tomorrow some sites around the internet will be black to display what the outcome of PIPA/SOPA could be, if passed.
- MAKE Goes Dark in Protest to SOPA/PIPA (makezine.com)
- Wikipedia, WordPress & 1,500+ Sites to Blackout Tomorrow in Protest: SOPA/PIPA (hudsonhorizons.com)
- SOPA / PIPA Blackout (secondmode.wordpress.com)
- Twitter will not join Jan. 18 SOPA/PIPA blackout – good! (digitaltrends.com)
- Wikipedia, many other websites, will blackout tomorrow in protest of SOPA and PIPA (dailykos.com)
- Who, besides Wikipedia, is going dark and why (zdnet.com)
- Could Facebook Shut Down? Understanding SOPA and PIPA (blogworld.com)