Today, January 19, 2012 is a worldwide anti-SOPA day.
|SOPA is causing a big debate. Today, several major Internet sources are protesting. (See below for examples--in Pictures.)|
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act and is part of a law that the US government is looking to sign. Well, actually there is a debate.
Taxes cannot be collected on illegal activity, and this law would permit the government to shut down guilty websites or restrict access.
Why not SOPA?
Freedom is the biggest issue here. If the government can control websites, it also restricts the freedom of the information that people publish on the Internet.
Some regulation might be good (protection), but too much is always too much (meddling).
Protests throughout the Internet
So the debate grows, and several major Internet sources are using clever ways to protest.
|Google sends a clever message against "censorship."|
Google "blacked out" their own name, and they have a message asking, "Please don't censor the web."
|Wikipedia took over its main page to demonstrate a point against Internet censorship.|
|Wikipedia asks you to inform your government representatives--and they make it easy for you to contact them.|
|Reddit.com posted a message that they will stop operating in protest of SOPA.|
|WordPress.org is stating its position pretty clearly.|
WordPress.org greets you with this on its main site. As of this writing, I am not sure whether people will be able to use WordPress installed websites, and I do not know whether they will be able to install WordPress into new websites today.
Further down the WordPress.org site, they provide easy to complete protest forms to send to your representatives, but they take it a step further. They also offer plug-ins that people can use to post on THEIR websites--making it easy for THEIR visitors to complete this same form.
Websites Staging a Protest AGAINST SOPA
Click HERE for a List of Websites staging a protest AGAINST SOPA.
(a Mashable post by Zachary Sniderman)
Companies/Organizations that are AGAINST SOPA
Click HERE to see a list of companies and organizations that publicly SUPPORT SOPA
(an IB Times post by Connor Adams Sheets)
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