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Reddit prepares for anti-SOPA blackout, others may follow

By Rick · 35 replies
Jan 11, 2012
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  1. As SOPA looms, a controversial bill which aims to give private actors and authorities more authority over the web, some websites are preparing to protest the pending legislation by staging…

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    YES! the people with the most power on the internet should step in! facebook would be annoying to some, but we can live without for a day. Honestly, i think they should shut their sites down for a week...but i don't see that happening.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,493   +1,295

    If facebook went down because of SOPA, I know people who would go mad, so mad infact they would seriously look into opposing SOPA... God I wish facebook would do this now!
  4. If SOPA goes through Facebook will probably go down forever.
  5. SOPA or some variation is inevitable.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    Heh, now this is a protest that makes sense... And will fuel public outrage and media coverage, which will force the *****s pushing SOPA to actually learn what they are dealing with.

    Too bad there isn't a way to perform a "simulated SOPA" demonstration, in which the "offending" IPs are government sites, and let the government see what it would feel like to be on the receiving end of undeserved censorship without any due process. Consequences tend to be more effective when the people you are trying to teach a lesson can actually experience them.
  7. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +500

    Ah, and I just saw Zynga on that list. Man, if they kicked in on this, the backlash and fury of addicted Farmville users would make the Occupy movements lately seem like a Sunday brunch!
  8. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +173

    I would hope the blackout would last atleast 2 days to really show support and not just blackout for an hour...
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,547   +432

    I like the blackout idea. Although I seriously doubt ebay would do it, imagine if you had set up your auction to end during the time of the blackout - they can't/won't accept that type of seller backlash.
  10. One thing I have learned through my previous jobs as a support technician, is that people get angry and go nuts when they lose connection to the internet. 2 minutes after the server would go down or reboot, the phone lines would light up.
    A blackout by google and or facebook could lead to the biggest anti-govt movement in history. I imagine that the govt. would order that those sites go back online within a couple of hours of them going down. They would say that they are too crucial to the economy to stay down.
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Thats the thing guest, the government are not allowed to do that. Rule of law says that no one, not even the gov't is above the law.
  12. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 490   +38

    Well aren't you an ignorant hack.

    You are obviously not up to date with your Chilean news then, aye…
  13. Facebook probably won't go down if the bill becomes law. But these websites have to be careful if they're gonna pull the trigger with a full blackout (Wikipedia etc.) A lot of people don't have a clue what SOPA is, and it may generate negativity toward the website, and not SOPA.
  14. this is all good and well but maybe joe soap should stop it's thievery and we would not need SOPA in the first place.
  15. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 182   +94

    I have come across some smaller sites that are also supporting this, including Explosm.net.

    Im not sure what effect it will have on us here in the UK, but I fully support stopping this before it starts.
  16. mosu

    mosu TS Evangelist Posts: 501   +112

    where can we join and how can we help? if SOPA becomes reality we can expect some sibling inEurope too.
  17. I just read this, someone has written that Lamar Smith himself is a copyright infringer

  18. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +36

    Great way of pressuring the government.
  19. Are we living in the United States of America or are we in Cuba or Venezuela
  20. I could care less about facebook, twitter or any other social site being blacked out but shutting down google and yahoo where many of us have mail accounts is something to see.I guess we can say we live in the socialist republic of America, where a minor group of insignificant actors and who knows what decide to shut down the internet why don't they shut down TV stations na that would hurt their exposition and want to be seen and heard.As pay back I would suggest boycot theaters across america and give them a taste of their own medicine.
  21. Or google could just blackout for a few hours and give a damn good chance at stopping sopa.
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,547   +432

    Depends how its done. If the sites just went away for a while then yes. But if they just replaced their pages with a message saying why they are doing it they could educate a lot of people, with that new knowledge many would probably decide it is not a good piece of legislation and perhaps do something to help get it stopped. Most people probably wouldn't, but some would.
  23. SOPA is due to pressure from the entertainment industry, not the US administration, but it fits perfectly with what the US government want to be able to achieve - namely to be able shut down unfavourable sites on a technicality.

    The entertainment industry, especially the music industry, have been aggressively lobbying for this for the last decade or more. There is big money at stake here, some big players are involved and it's all about them and their profits, not the average person.

    Anyone that supports this and hasn't a vested interest is simply a mug. This is the kind of litigation that doesn't stop. In a few years there will be another similar act, imposing stricter controls. The end result will be the end of a free internet and the beginning of an internet entirely controlled by governments and corporations (like everything else).
  24. Ok ppl a little perspective may be in order. The root of SOPA is to stop other countries from profiting from American movies ect. That I am all for. But I dont see this bill going through. There are way too many ppl paranoid. Yes SOPA has the potential to cause censorship on the web, but no one else has any better ideas on how to stop the pirates. Maybe our energy would be better spent comming up with a BETTER idea about how to handle online piracy. Hey I know lets sic ANON on them!!!!
  25. most of the sites that plan to do the black out, look like they are just going to lose business, which won't affect too many people. Not a good move to protest SOPA.

    a better incentive I think would be to offer there users a limited discount for there business if the user took the time to write an opposition letter to there congress person.

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