Wikipedia joins web blackout in Sopa protest

So what did it prove? (Like they are the only source of information!)
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So what did it prove? (Like they are the only source of information!)

it wasn't just Wikipedia that went black for the day, many other technology related sites, blog & companies participated. Due to the protests from these participants, a couple senators and representatives have dropped their support for the bill as well as Obama basically stating he would veto it if it came across his desk in its current form. That's what it has accomplished.
Last edited by DurkaDurka; Jan 19th, 2012 at 09:43 AM..
Absolutely nothing, I never had a need to use them yesterday. Guess they thought they were important in their own mind.
lone wolf
It was a little inconvenient. I had to blow the dust off a real book....
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It was a little inconvenient. I had to blow the dust off a real book....

I believe Wikopedia shut down but I didn't even notice it. I was doing a bit of reading as well but only because
I always read a lot.......Oh well....
SOPA protest works: key supporters of bills back off

The Internet community’s rally cry against anti-piracy legislation is triggering its intended effect, though the final outcome remains far from settled.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were flooded with calls Wednesday in response to an online blackout by technology companies, including Wikipedia,, Reddit and thousands of other small sites protesting two related bills that would crack down on websites that use copyrighted materials and sell counterfeit goods. Some key lawmakers who’ve supported or co-sponsored the legislation are also backing off.

Many of the sites that went dark Wednesday explained the legislation and entreated users to call their representatives by listing their phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

“It’s busy,” says Patrick Chiarelli, a staffer for Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. Staffers at other lawmakers’ offices also say their call volumes spiked.

The legislation – the Stop Online Piracy Act (a House bill commonly called SOPA) and the Protect IP Act in the Senate (called PIPA) – allows U.S. attorneys general and copyright holders to crack down on websites that display or link to copyrighted intellectual property or counterfeit goods.

Opponents of the legislation say their momentum has been gaining for several days, but Wednesday’s Internet blackout has spread their message to casual Web users who may not have previously paid attention.

“The momentum is totally real,” says Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment lawyer who’s fighting the legislation. “It’s nice to see a campaign like this when the average person knows something is up and calling his representative. People call about issues like immigration. But for Internet issues to get calls, it’s a big deal.”

The bills’ supporters, including business trade groups, publishers and media companies, downplayed the effects of the blackout, calling it a political stunt.

“Some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem,” says Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, which supports the bills. “A so-called blackout is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently.”

Dodd lost more supporters Wednesday. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a PIPA co-sponsor, withdrew his support for the bill. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wrote on his Facebook page that Congress should slow down in pursuing the bills’ passage and that it is “better to get this done right rather than fast and wrong.”

“Stealing content is theft, plain and simple, but concerns about unintended damage to the Internet and innovation in the tech sector require a more thoughtful balance, which will take more time,” he wrote.

In the House, Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who originally co-sponsored SOPA, withdrew his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday, reported Politico. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., also withdrew his support from the current version of SOPA.

Sensing a rising tide of consumer backlash, SOPA opponents have been able to chip away at the bill. After much protest, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, announced late last week that he plans to scrap a key remedy for copyright holders and law enforcement—getting Internet service providers to block foreign websites accused of piracy. Obama administration officials also backed the change.

“Strangely, those who demanded that change are now shutting themselves down, although it is not clear why they are still protesting after they got what they wanted,” says Steve Tepp, an attorney at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “In the spirit of compromise, the pending bills have been modified.”

SOPA opponents aren’t backing down because the legislation contains other provisions that are troublesome to Internet companies, Ammori says. Copyright holders could also ask the court to force online advertising companies to stop doing business with the allegedly infringing website, have payment processors cease financial transactions with the site or get search engines to stop listing such sites.

“It’s better, but so many problems still remain,” Ammori says. “There are like 19 other things wrong with it.”

Tepp disagrees, saying the bill offers “a narrow and targeted approach” in cracking down only on foreign websites that are aimed at U.S. consumers and whose operations exist mostly to infringe on copyrights or sell illegal goods.

SOPA opponents say the bills aren’t entirely clear on whether domestic sites could also be subject to penalties.

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I likened this whole online piracy issue to finding a $20 bill in the gutter. If somebody dropped it there and I find it and pick it up I am not a thief I am a lucky bastard. Now as long as the websites that host p2p are not selling access or the material and rely on advertising for their revenue they are not thieves either.
Chinese View of SOPA
As members of Congress edge away from the Stop Online Piracy Act (external - login to view), leaders of the opposition can count among their most frequently used rhetorical tools a metaphor that has come to define this debate: SOPA = China.
The legislation would impose a “chilling internet censorship regime here in the U.S. comparable in some ways to China’s ‘Great Firewall,’” Wired wrote. (external - login to view) Sergey Brin—who led G-Day, Google’s withdrawal from mainland China—said that the bills would “put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.” Rebecca MacKinnon, an Internet-freedom expert who used to be journalist in Beijing, says they would (external - login to view) impose a “censorship mechanism that is almost identical, technically, to the mechanism the Chinese use to censor their Internet.”

So, how does it all look to the people who actually live with it? In China, the reaction to American protests has ranged from sympathy to gentle Schadenfreude, as Chinese Web users try to sort out whether they are being held up as victims or patsies or pirates. After several years in which American diplomats have inveighed against Internet censorship in China, the proposals have inspired a bit of snickering. “The Great Firewall turns out to be a visionary product; the American government is trying to copy us,” one commentator wrote (external - login to view). A Chinese message making the rounds on Thursday said (external - login to view): “At last, the planet is becoming unified: We are ahead of the whole world, and the ‘American imperialists’ are racing to catch up.”

The Chinese view of SOPA - Yahoo! News (external - login to view)
L Gilbert
Tribe Legis Memo on SOPA 12-6-11 1 (external - login to view)

Michael Geist - Blog (external - login to view)

Durka,Durka ~

The US already has some of the stiffest copyright laws in the land, so authors, creators etc are already protected and have legal recourse if needed. This law basically allows Content Creators to have websites shutdown without due process, no company should have that right.

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