On January 18th we’ll be participating in the Web Black Out to protest SOPA.
What is SOPA? The so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act”, a bill that if
passed will allow a handful of media conglomerates to censor the web
how ever they see fit. That’s right, if passed the likes of Viacom,
Disney, and Fox Entertainment will have the right to block websites on
mere “suspicions of piracy”. No actual piracy needs to have occurred.
No proof, no court order, nothing. If one of these companies sees
something they don’t like (or want to shut down a web-based
competitor) they can just pull the plug with no burden of proof on
their part. So far only a few of countries in the world impose this
kind of rigid control over the web –chief amongst them being China
and Iran. Clearly SOPA must be stopped. To that end January 18th,
2012 will be the largest internet protest in history. Thousands of
sites across the internet, including some of the biggest in the world,
will be blacking out and directing people to contact Congress to kill
the web censorship bills.
For more information please visit http://sopastrike.com/