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Reddit will enact 'nuclear option' to protest SOPA, PIPA

From 8am to 8pm U.S. Eastern Time on January 18th, one of the most popular sites on the web will suspend its operations, and replace its content with a video stream of a congressional hearing of the bill. Reddit’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian will also be testifying.

Highlights of the article also mention :

Others have considered a synchronised blackout, from Google to PayPal, Twitter and Wikipedia, in a bid to replicate in the effect SOPA could have on the web and its users.


Following this stuff in the news, I have to ask how   SOPA could effect the likes of Wincustomize and Deviantart should someone or anyone decide that Spiderman Wallpapers or World of Warcraft icons are copyright infringements (items we take to be of 'fair use').

What are YOUR thoughts on all of this?

What do you think of the 'blackout'?

UPDATE

Tucows.com has officially joined the Jan.18th Blackout (LINK)


Comments (Page 3)
on Jan 12, 2012

PoSmedley
Quoting Rovert10, reply 27It only took 10 years due to lack of info so the public was left in the dark much like SOPA.

If it passes, 1 day would be too late. I fear there would be no going back. They would just hack at it and twist and tweak it depending on who had the most money. Sadly, they would love that scenario. They could go to these lobbyists and say "Gee, I feel ya, but the people want us to back track on this. Now, I might be able to protect your piece of it but it's not gonna be easy." wink*wink*

It's gonna take the big boys jumping in like Google and such and it can't be little shit like blacking out G+ updates or changing their Google Doodle for the day.  It will be interesting to see which of them has the balls and even then who has the brass ones.

Now any word on that Protect IP Act? It seems like one of those "less radical" acts so when they face it against SOPA. People will be like "oh SOPA was terrible but this seems much better so lets pass it" sort of deal.

on Jan 12, 2012

I know something very radical (I don't know, too radical? - but still probably it would be effective) that would get the parliament's attention.  Shut down Google Search for an hour, and display reasons as being the large effect SOPA and PIPA would have on the internet.  Something that would show that there would be serious consequences for passing the acts, while still hopefully keeping most of the public on side.

on Jan 12, 2012

PoSmedley
It will be interesting to see which of them has the balls and even then who has the brass ones.

StevenAus
Something that would show that there would be serious consequences for passing the acts, while still hopefully keeping most of the public on side.

on Jan 12, 2012

Well, it was only an idea.

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