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We’ve seen some amazing activism organized by redditors at /r/sopa and across the reddit community at large. You have made a difference in this fight; and as we near the next stage, and after much thought, talking with experts, and hearing the overwhelming voices from the reddit community, we have decided that we will be blacking out reddit on January 18th from 8am–8pm EST (1300–0100 UTC).
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.
Hitting back against the support by the Entertainment Software Association, Riot Games co-founder and CEO Brandon Beck took to the company's own forums to take an official stance against the SOPA and PIPA bills. The "generally apolitical" League of Legends developer has made the decision to speak out as it feels that the bills will kill streaming, threaten independent content creation, damage communities, threaten free speech, and even damage the foundation of the internet.
The thread's drawn an impassioned response from the game's community, with over 1700 replies, though one on the first page stands out — that of Congressman Jared Polis, an avid LoL player and one of the people behind the rival OPEN bill. He says that SOPA "makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence," and calls upon other members of the community to write to their representatives in protest of the bill.
Hi, this is Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado. As a member of the League of Legends community (partial to Anivia and Maokai), and as someone who made his living as an Internet entrepreneur before being elected to Congress, I’m greatly concerned about the future of the Internet and gaming if Congress doesn't wake up. You may have heard that Congress is currently considering a bill called the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. While SOPA has a ton of problems, there are some significant issues that I thought fellow gamers might want to know about.
I’m particularly concerned that SOPA might stifle the kind of innovation that brings us games we love, such as LoL. The bill makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence. It threatens any company or website that depends on user-generated content, even companies like Riot. Instead of coming up with great ways to keep making games like LoL even better, companies will have to spend their money hiring lawyers. That's why companies like Riot, who want to protect the games they create, are opposed to SOPA.
I’ve been working on alternative legislation that would protect the games companies create while also fostering innovation. But we also need you to call your members of Congress and let them know of your opposition to SOPA. This bill has a very real chance of passing, and it is up to all of who want to protect the Internet to take action.
HACKTIVIST GROUP Anonymous will turn off its lights for twelve hours in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US.
The hackers are following Reddit's lead, and will join a communications blackout on 18 January that will begin at 8am and end at 8pm.
Originally posted by tangonine
reply to post by DancedWithWolves
EDIT: Oh I googled it. No wonder I've never heard of it. Wall of spam.
thread titles like: "How I felt on my drive to work, realizing I was the only one using turn signals."
Lead me to believe the site is filled with morons.
And this is important to you?
Originally posted by MarkLuitzen
major organisations like google know the ip range of the us gov and agencies so why not block those for several days so people in congress and the house can't use sites like wikipedia and google sites ect ?
then the people there whom don't now are not willing to know what would happen these acts wil do in real life get a feeling of what will happen if they vote for these acts.
Dear Senator McCain,
I am writing to you regarding the Protect IP Act (PIPA) which you co-sponsored. As an avid user of the internet, an internet DJ providing free online shows and donating mixes to local cheer leading organizations, a web hosting reseller, blogger, Youtube user, and a computer repair specialist, I have some questions regarding your involvement in this bill sir.
I’ve given you my qualifications, what are yours? How many hours a day do you spend online? How many Youtube video’s have you posted or watched for that matter? How many web sites have you set up? How many live internet performances have you done?
My point here is this; you have NOTHING which qualifies you to have anything to do with the internet sir. Honestly, in my opinion, you are one of the biggest problems with the government of this country. You are much older, completely out of touch with the youth in this country and even more out of touch with what the taxpaying American citizens want.
This bill is nothing more than yet another attempt for our government to gain total control of the American people. You also voted in favor of the NDAA which is a whole different bag of muck sir. I’d like to remind you that the state of Arizona is one that actually has the ability to recall its Senators. Maybe it’s time you start taking what the PEOPLE want in to consideration instead of what you want sir.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
ETA: And so it continues. Twitter users changing avatars to a black banner.
If you've been on Twitter today, chances are you've seen a change in some of the avatars.
Instead of regular pictures, about 2,500 people have changed their images to a black banner that says STOP SOPA using BlackoutSOPA.org.
edit on 11-1-2012 by DancedWithWolves because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by nenothtu
A grand idea. I've changed my ATS avatar accordingly, since I don't "twitter".
If anyone else want the banner for ATS, the one I worked out can be found here:
Set your current avatar as the "background", and this image as the avatar, and it ought to work out just fine. This avatar is transparent, all except the "mourning band", so the background image ought to show through it.