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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Protesting SOPA censorship worked

 From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner;

Around the country, people on the web noticed a news blackout to protest against new laws,Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act,meant to protect copy written material, but would allow the government to close down any web site they deemed unfit.
This kind of power would allow them to also shut down any web site they didn’t like. Most people were aware that Google had a blacked out logo for the day. Wikipedia closed down all their English web sites.
Popular Kansas blog sites took action against SOPA and PIPA. The Daily Kos had a sting of articles against SOPA and PIPA. They also had words blacked out at random to mimic censorship. Otto’s War Room had one blacked out post with white letters reading: Don't censor the web!

There was also a poem written entirely in Khmer, with not translation of any kind, to go along with the spirit of Wikipedia.
Organizations and web sites across the country refused to allow people to access their site for the day. All that action seems to have had an affect. The Kansas City Business Journal reported;
“Congressional support for two online piracy bills seems to be fading in the wake of a rare coordinated online protest, The Washington Postreports.
Websites from Wikipedia to Google  GoogleLatest from The Business JournalsSOPA protests upend anti-piracy lobbyingTech investors eyeing Intel, IBM, Google, Microsoft earningsWeb protest slows anti-piracy legislationFollow this company to Lenexa startup Surefoot Communications warned of the dangers of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act.”
The SOPA and PIPA laws united  people of differing political trends to oppose censorship of any type on the web. That is the way it should be.

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