And this is why Newsweek wins at the internet.
Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has joined a multi-website protest of SOPA and PIPA, two anti-piracy bills, by changing his Facebook profile photo and posting a status update protesting the bills.
On Wednesday, January 18, I will join others across the Internet in a 24-hour “blackout” to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. These bills give the federal government unprecedented power to censor Internet content and will stifle the free flow of information and ideas. In protest, I have changed my profile picture and will temporarily disable your ability to post independent content on my Wall (although you still may comment under this post). Demand that Congress and the President keep the Internet open and free…
Also, Politico is reporting that, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Lee Terry (R-NB), two co-sponsors of SOPA, will pull their names from the bill. Quayle did so on Tuesday and, Politico reports, Terry will follow suit today.
(h/t Tech Crunch)
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Reps. Ben Quayle (R-AZ) and Lee Terry (R-NE)
This is one of the draft blackout screens for Wikipedia’s planned outage tomorrow in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate twin, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) … Siddhartha Mahanta and Nick Baumann explain how Reddit, Wikipedia, and BoingBoing took on one of Washington’s most powerful lobbies—and won.
"This is going to be wow," Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said on Twitter Monday. "I hope Wikipedia will melt phone systems in Washington." Wikipedia, the sixth most visited site in the world, will go black from midnight EST tonight until midnight Wednesday.
Markham Erickson of NetCoalition commenting on the fact that a so-called “nuclear option”— essentially a complete blackout of services— is being considered by Internet giants Google, Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook in an effort to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). (via ZDNET, @lheron)
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That’s the Center for Democracy and Technology’s David Sohn writing on the implications of SOPA, that anti-piracy bill that Tumblr (thankfully) threw in our faces last week with their censorship dashboard takeover.
Tumblr just put up this site warning people about the dangers of PROTECT-IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Read up, kids. This is important.