By Kemberlee Kaye


In protest of SOPA, Wikipedia along with other internet giants Reddit, WordPress and Mozilla will participate in a 24 hour “web blackout” this Wednesday. CBS News Reports:

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has decided to join a protest of SOPA by shutting down his site on Wednesday.
Calling it a “decision of the Wikipedia community,” Wales said he plans to join other Web sites in ceasing operations to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress.

Last week, the news site Reddit announced it would shut down for 12 hours on Wednesday to express its displeasure with SOPA and Protect IP, its Senate sister. Other sites, including the Cheezburger Network, home to massively popular Internet meme sites like I Can Has Cheezburger, have also said they will join the Web blackout.

The bills are heavily supported by a wide group of copyright owners, including the big record companies and Hollywood film studios. Copyright owners charge that online piracy has damaged their businesses and costs workers their jobs. However, Web companies and human rights groups have asserted that if the bills became law, they would rob the Web of free speech and damage the health of the Internet.

In what many in the tech sector saw as a victory, Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), one of SOPA’s biggest backers, announced Friday that he plans to remove SOPA’s DNS-block requirement, which would have allowed the Justice Department to obtain a court order to make a suspected piratical Web site effectively vanish. That development followed an announcement by Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat who sponsored PIPA, that he would delete similar DNS requirements from the Senate version.

“We have no indication that SOPA is fully off the table,” Wales said in a tweet this morning. “PIPA is still alive and kicking. We need to send Washington a BIG message.”

The outage will last 24 hours and affect only the English language version of the site, Wales said.

“I’m proud to be able in some small way to have a leadership role against censorship,” Wales said. “But the community gets the credit here.”

A list of sites participating in the blackout can be found here. While SOPA is rumored to be dead in the House, Reuters explains that it’s only been pulled from the the floor:

I’ve been hearing chants around the internet today that are quite literally “ding dong, SOPA is dead!” After some news this weekend, many are writing off the bill entirely. Here’s what happened to make them believe that.

– The White House published an official opinion that indicated they would not support a bill like SOPA

– The official vote on SOPA scheduled for late January has been cancelled, and the bill has been pulled from the floor.

So is it dead? Did we win? No, and here’s why:

– In that same statement, the White House also said “While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response…” followed later by ““That is why the Administration calls on all sides to work together to pass sound legislation this year that provides prosecutors and rights holders new legal tools to combat online piracy originating beyond U.S. borders.” They still want to pass anti-piracy legislation this year.

– SOPA is not dead, it’s been “shelved” and won’t return “until a consensus is reached.”

– Protect IP (PIPA), the Senate version of the House bill, is still very much alive, and has not even been shelved, much less killed. It is equally as bad of an idea as SOPA, even if most protests are being directed at SOPA recently.

So what does this mean? Though the battle is won, the war is not. SOPA could easily make a resurgence if it sculpts itself to whatever the White House’s unspecified specifications are, and PIPA could also pass, as even with recent changes to it (courts can’t force ISPs to block websites), it’s still harmful.

Some on the internet are describing what’s happening now as an old sales tactic. You make a ludicrous offer on something (SOPA), then retract it and make a new, slightly less crazy one (PIPA, or a reshaped SOPA) that suddenly feels sane by comparison, and the other party accepts.

The entertainment industry didn’t spend millions lobbying Congress for these two bills just to give up now, and as such, you should expect this fight to continue. As I’ve said before, these bills can’t be changed or postponed, they must be crushed. We’re getting there.

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  • Anonymous

    Only 24 hours? They and snopes could go away forever and it wouldn’t bug me a bit.

    • bobemakk

      Yes, snopes has proven to be a fake. It is a husband and wife giving their own opinions with no backup research.

  • http://fishygov.wordpress.com FishyGov

    Will TRS be joining this protest?

  • http://www.davemacleod.net/ dmacleo

    wish politico would join it…then forget how to turn it back on..

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    I find it interesting that liberals won’t ever shut down porn sites because of the freedom of speech, but they have no problems catering to their hollywood pals (er, donors). We need to keep our eyes open on this, and remember that when something comes up which diverts so much attention to it, is the time these kinds of bills are sneaked through.

    • PFFV

      Our Government can’t help itself; it will regulate the Internet and tax it also. Fedzilla knows no bounds. Our Government is so big and out of control I unfortunately don’t think it can be fixed. It must collapse financially or be taken over by revolution of the people. I hope and pray I am wrong but everything points to me being right. History should be a lesson but many think they are smarter than the facts and press on towards stupidity also known as fiscal irresponsibility and bloated massive federal government. God Help Us!

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        I agree PFFV. Either way things go, it’s going to be a hard road. History SHOULD be a lesson, but with the long time of revisions taking place in our “education” system, I don’t think enough people under the age of 40 know the history they ought to learn the lessons from :-(

  • Anonymous

    Just knowing the entertainment industry is a strong advocate would make me vote it down. They can stick their concerns to their favorite places, their ass and enjoy it.

    • Anonymous

      Funny how the GOP complains about regs and more regs strangling the citizenry yet wavers everytime as long as it’s presented in the “right” manner.

      • Amy

        GOP Waivers? Not hardly, SOPA was sponsored by a Republican. And I just read today that Rupert Murdoch is a strong advocate for this (in his own words) – you know, the guy who owns FOX and several media outlets.

        Things that make you go ‘hmmm…’

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm! I wonder if this bill will make certain companies rich, and others die? A bit of crony capitalism.

        • http://www.davemacleod.net/ dmacleo

          wavers…as in they fold when talked to nicely

          • Amy

            See, you are much kinder than I to the GOP. I don’t think they have to be talked to nicely to figure out ways to create more power for themselves. I think they come up with just as many ways to be tyrannical as the Dem’s do.

            • Anonymous

              Here Amy, try this out:
              Let Us Now Try Liberty
              God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!

              And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
              The Law by Frederick Bastiat If you haven’t read any of this here’s a link:
              http://www.constitution.org/law/bastiat.htm

            • Anonymous

              Here Amy, try this out:
              Let Us Now Try Liberty
              God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!

              And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.
              The Law by Frederick Bastiat. If you haven’t read any of this here’s a link:
              http://www.constitution.org/law/bastiat.htm

      • Anonymous

        GOP: no ideals, no courage, no honor.

    • Anonymous

      Now you are talking!

  • Anonymous

    I can’t claim familiarity with SOPA or PIPA, but I do know the screwballs on Capitol Hill have tried to give Der Presidant an internet kill switch. Keep out of it!

    You’d think Americans would favor freedom, even if it’s a bit of a Wild West out here on the web. Like when RIAA was suing everyone, when it turned out that making content available for a reasonable fee greatly reduced theft. Shocker.

  • Anonymous

    The US Government does not need any power over the internet. It would be the most slippery slope ever. Does anyone else see the creeping government control and regulation of virtually every living and non-living activity there is? I do.

    The healthcare law alone could control most aspects of one’s life. The plethora of regulations we already had plus the thousands of new ones issued since O’ took his donkey reigns to DC, are job killers.

    O’ and his “progressive” jackasses in congress seem to want opening and running a small business in this country to become all but impossible. They appear to want there to be a few large businesses that work hand in hand with the Federal Gov. to do as they are told. That way, a federal employee can have a permanent office at every business, insuring compliance of whatever new mandate they are given, which will no doubt issue forth in fast and furious fashion. They can also control all of the people, because if you want to make a buck, you’ll have to work for one of these few government-allowed businesses.

    This Government mission creep, creeps me out. What will you do without FREEDOM! Back off! Get out of my life! Hands off me and hands off my kids!

    The time for reckoning is well past due. Give me a do nothing congress any day of the week…just as soon as you undo about 40,000 things that you’ve already done! Stop trying to put us all in a highly controlled box! You get in the box! Our Constitution mandates it! Demands it. It’s time we did as well.

    • http://www.davemacleod.net/ dmacleo

      bingo !!

  • Anonymous

    I’m gonna become a lawyer. Not so I can screw people bogus lawsuits or turn the justice system into the If you got the money then you dont get the time cartel. I want to be a lawyer so I can know if I’m breaking a law or not. I cant keep up anymore.

    Like most have said here, this is just a foot in the door. I couldn’t care less about Hollywood and the music industry either.

  • Anonymous

    Scoop. Mark Levin was just on Cavuto…in a suit and tie! Lookin’ good and promoting his new book: “Ameritopia”. I hope you can get it for us:-)

  • Anonymous

    If we had an honorable government, I would be willing to listen to something designed to prevent web piracy. But the present evil forces will use this as a means to control all communication. They’re evil, but they’re not stupid. They know that their biggest problem is the internet, and they have no intention of allowing it to continue unless they can turn the net into the same sort of propaganda organ as the media.

  • Anonymous

    Haha! All you pirates will come up with something better to beat the law. Anytime a law is made, the black market will come up with something to get around it. Go Pirate Bay and all you pirates! Bring us something state-of-the-art that will have these lawmakers scrambling to come up with other laws. When will government realize that if you outlaw something, it creates a bigger problem?

  • Anonymous

    SOPA will be the internet version of the TSA.

    The Gov’t will be ‘gettin’ up in yo bizthnith’ on the internet just like they do in airports if this goes through.

  • KenInMontana

    I would think that “flooding” government email accounts would be a far more effective form of protest. This “blackout” strikes me as being akin to the idea of shooting oneself in the foot to spite someone else.

    • Persephone

      With a “blackout”, there is more drama.

      However, I think Cantor effectively killed SOPA today.
      But then, the Senate’s version – PIPA, is still in play.

  • http://twitter.com/BecksInsanity Guy Who Talks Polytx

    That’s silly. Why are they making their users suffer while don’t making the government suffer to protest a problem they have with the government?

    The decision to shut themselves down has nothing to do with protesting the bill. The bill would never shut down Wikipedia or Reddit or any other legitimate website. It’s quite a random act they chose.

  • http://www.calsullivan.com Cal

    Political Buddies community will be blacking out this Wednesday to protest #SOPA and #PIPA – We can’t allow these bills to kill our rights!

    http://www.politicalbuddies.com

  • http://twitter.com/Winston80 Winston

    Am I right to understand that a GOP member of the US congress was the original author of this law?

  • bobemakk

    They should close down for a much longer time. We have no privacy and screw Obama and his policies. WE MUST vote him out of office, this is all his doing. Notice the “tests” on TV and radio have increased dramatically, it is a way of invading our privacy, I would bet on that.