Websites go dark in protest of SOPA and PIPA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
On January 18, Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, WordPress, and numerous other websites protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). CJFE remains concerned with the proposed legislation and the threats it poses to free expression online. Although these bills are being debated in the United States Congress and Senate, their adoption would impact the freedom of the Internet around the world. Read CJFE’s alert regarding the legislation.

Learn more:

Fight for the Future | PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet on Vimeo.

The bills:

House Resolution 3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)Senate Bill 968 – PROTECT IP Act (PIPA)

About the bills:

CNN | SOPA explained: What it is and why it matters, by Julianne Pepitone • Al Jazeera | A close look at the Stop Online Piracy Act bill, by Jonathan Zittrain et al • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) | How PIPA and SOPA Violate White House Principles Supporting Free Speech and Innovation, by Trevor Timm • Mashable | Why SOPA is dangerous, by Chris Heald • The Observer | Sopa and Pipa: don't let big business break the internet, by John Naughton • New York Times | Stop the Great Firewall of America, by Rebecca McKinnon • Centre for Democracy and Technology | List of Those Expressing Concern With SOPA & PIPA • CBC News | Canada would feel effect of proposed Stop Online Piracy Act • NOW Toronto | Beyond SOPA and PIPA: There’s lots more to battle in the fight to keep the web free, by Joshua Errett

About the blackout:

SOPA Strike | A list of participants in the January 18 Internet blackout • Huffington Post Canada | Black Wednesday: In Protest of SOPA, Darken the Web, by Michael Geist • Amnesty International | Where’s my Wiki? SOPA, PIPA, and Balancing Rights, by Scott Edwards • New York Times | Web Protests Piracy Bills, and 2 Senators Change Course, by Jonathan Weisman • The Guardian | Wikipedia blackout to go ahead as tech firms rail against Sopa proposals, by Dominic Rushe

Take action:

SOPA Strike | Censor your website • Open Media | Canadians Against SOPA - Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper • Avaaz | Blackout: Save the Internet Today - Sign the petition to all members of the U.S. Congress • American Censorship | Petition the U.S. state department (Canadian and international residents) • EFF | Write your member of congress (U.S. residents only)

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