Day 22

Day 22

Wikipedia, Reddit, and Google take the lead in the protest against SOPA.

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Many of the internet’s biggest players are taking a stand against internet censorship bills. Today, January 18, 2012, Wikipedia, Reddit, Google, and WordPress have voluntarily censored their content in protest, and they are part of the largest online protest in history. These are just a few of thousands of sites that have joined in on the strike. They have blacked out their sites and are urging users to contact their local congressmen. The Sopa Strike website provides an overview of the strike, tools for users to black out their sites, a form to petition a congress person, and a complied list of known participants.

What is positioned by many people in the entertainment industry as a deterrent to copyright infringement, SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect IP Act), would restrict access to many of the sites most of us use everyday. If the law passes, domain names would be blocked on sites where users could post pirated content. In essence, it makes the creators of sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr responsible for the content of its users.

Many design entrepreneurs are building systems that allow users to organize the incredible amount of content on the web. SOPA would interfere with the projects of many experience designers and startups.

We do not pretend to be experts on the possible ramifications of SOPA, but we do encourage you to fight it. Check out the easy to understand video and informative article by LifeHacker’s Adam Dachis for a more informed explanation.