Wow. Was that awesome or what? The sheer number of websites that went dark for the entire day. The Big Name Websites that did the same. Wow.
Wikipedia’s English site was completely dark. Not just the front page with a ‘click here to continue’ link. But blocked from one end to the other.
Craigslist, Reddit – dark
Webcomics – available but with a huge notice
Google – available but with censored out logo
Wired – censored
The list goes on.
But it is far from finished. Senators and Congress folk woke up this morning and realized this was serious. Many backed out and said they no longer support either bill. Even many of the sponsors of the bill pulled out. Some tried to compromise. Some tried to wave it off. Most scratched their heads and wondered what the big deal was about. But both bills are still very much alive. One will still be voted on January 24th although it is not expected to go further.
Want to do more?
Write/call your Representatives. http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
Write/call your Senator. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Do it more than once.
Tell your friends. Blog about it. Facebook it. Twitter it.
Learn about it.
Wikipedia’s information on it
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
The SOPA bill’s gov’t page
The PIPA bill’s page
There has to be better ways to go after the truly guilty without also taking down the innocent. There are ways to find out the IP addresses of people who upload books and music illegally. There are ways to find the IP addresses of people who download them. With that information, they can be tracked down and stopped. Just the other day a writer got the address and phone number of a woman in Argentina who is uploading hundreds of lesbian fiction. She wants authors to contact her and demand she stop. She also posted a cool pseudo phone conversation that I think we all wish were true. So if this one author can find this information, why the hell can’t the government??!!
Okay, rolling off soapbox now. Stay tuned for more information as the saga continues.