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Reddit Blackout Coming January 18th to Protest SOPA


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The public outcry over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is not about to die down. Popular discussion board and social news site Reddit has just announced that it will be blacking out on January 18th from 8AM-8PM EST in protest of the likely passage of the legislation. In place of the user-generated madness that is Reddit, the site will host a simple message about how SOPA and PIPA would negatively affect sites like Reddit.

Both pieces of legislation, SOPA in the House and PIPA in the Senate, would give unprecedented power to copyright holders to force websites offline. A site found to be hosting any copyrighted content could find its domain name blocked, even if that content was uploaded by a user. Search engines and ISPs would be forced to scrub offending websites from listings without judicial review. Clearly a site like Reddit would be especially vulnerable. Many experts on Internet infrastructure also have concerns that some provisions in SOPA/PIPA would make the net less secure.

Reddit is estimated to get over 20 million unique visitors each month. If even a fraction of those users call up their members of Congress, it might actually make an impact. Do you support the blackout?

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Reddit to go dark January 18 to protest SOPA

Reddit has announced that the popular user generated news site will go dark for 12 hours on Wednesday, January 18 in order to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been in the news a lot lately. The legislation, which is currently being debated in the US Congress, has come under fire by many fronts in the tech industry for being too broad of a law that could affect any web site operator. This week, the popular user generated news site Reddit announced that one week from today, January 18, it would go dark in protest of SOPA.

In their message announcing the black out of the web site, Reddit announced:

Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action. We will showcase the
live video stream of the House hearing
where Internet entrepreneurs and technical experts (including reddit co-founder Alexis “kn0thing” Ohanian) will be testifying. We will also spotlight community initiatives like meetups to visit Congressional offices, campaigns to contact companies supporting PIPA/SOPA, and other tactics.

The actual shut down of Reddit will happen for 12 hours on January 18, between 8 am and 8 pm Eastern time. It will certainly affect a lot of people. A few days ago, Reddit announced that in December 2011 it had over 34 million unique visitors and over 2 billion page views.

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The key here is they have to coordinate and do it at the same time. Or else it's just gonna be another, "Oh... it's another protest..."

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My thoughts exactly.

Together, make those idiots feel that the internet is dead if they do this nonsense, in a way that shows the power of internet.

Few hours ago i read a good ol' quote on torrentfreak: In a fight against the internet, you never win.

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