Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Many sites including Craigslist and Wikipedia are blacked out today in protest of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)/PIPA (Protect IP Act): pieces of legislation set to stop internet piracy, but would actually simply end up censoring the internet instead. Corporate enforcers of the bill could take down any site they viewed as taking away from their profits without any sort of judgment system or due process. So Facebook or Wikipedia could arbitrarily be taken down with no explanation or reason. I would like to live in a society that values art and the freedom we have on the internet.

Google has censored their logo that links to information about the bill and ways individuals can make their opinions heard.

Artists don't support SOPA. Neil Gaiman posted an open letter to Washington signed by himself and a variety of other artists. DeviantArt also opened a forum for artists to discuss the bills and the opinion is overwhelmingly negative. Deviants on the site also create art as protest against it such as these:

Stop SOPA Bill by =sakimichan

Ponies Against SOPA by *Otterlore

This TED talk explaining why SOPA wouldn't work is awesome if you want to learn more about it.

If you live in the US and like having freedom on the internet, please contact your congressman and let your voice be heard.

1 comment:

LoriStrongin said...

I'm definitely relieved to hear SOPA and PIPA are dead in the water. Let's just hope the same goes for the new ACTA bill, which is even worse than the first two.