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BLACKOUT


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

Yikes you guys, have you read about SOPA and PIPA yet? In protest again SOPA, and instead of blacking out my blog for the day, I'm posting this video and giving you these links to learn more.  Noticed how Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, Mozilla, Wordpress, I Can Has Cheeseburger, Twitpic, Wired, Greenpeace, Vimeo, and many more major websites are protesting against SOPA?  Have you thought about how SOPA could effect your blog personally for that one random time you forgot to credit that one photo you like, or that time you made a video of you singing a song you love, or when you added in a song in the background of a tutorial you made for your blog?  Have you thought about how SOPA could really hurt the blogging community as a whole, how it could effect those of us who rely HEAVILY on Social Media sites to keep our businesses running?  I'm freaked out about SOPA and PIPA.  Click on any of the links above to find a petition to sign against SOPA, to email or tweet your congressmen and women, to support the freedom you currently have in blogging, posting on twitter, facebook, vimeo, youtube, the freedom you have in editing Wikipedia pages, and more.  Ps, at O'Reilly.com they are having a free livestream of experts all day discussing ways to "improve your power in Washington from people who’ve been successful at moving it."

Also, here is a letter from some musicians, artists, and creators you may know who are standing against PIPA and SOPA.

For those of you who have started your business thanks to the internet, Etsy sellers, Professional Bloggers, and those of you who hope to start a small business, watch this.
Our Internet from Engine Advocacy on Vimeo.

12 comments:

  1. SOPA/PIPA is scary stuff! My blog is blacked out right now, I forgot to turn it on this morning, so did it around lunch time. I'll keep my little ribbon up after for a while too!

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  2. I'm so glad you posted this! I was expecting to see a TON of info about SOPA/PIPA in the blogging community today, and I've honestly been more than a little disappointed that I haven't, although its ALL OVER Twitter and Facebook. My own site is "blacked out" today (I downloaded a Wordpress plugin that puts up information about SOPA and links to more information), and is scheduled to be blacked out again on the 24th, when Congress votes on it.

    This is incredibly important, scary stuff. Do we really want to give a few people the power to decide what can and can't be on the internet? That's getting a little too 1984 for my liking. A couple of SOPA supporters have already backed down because of the huge internet backlash. You CAN and DO have a voice...use it!

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    1. oh good to know, I'll have to do something special on the blog on the 24th in strike of sopa!

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  3. I read about it during this week, I hate the idea of SOPA/PIPA :S where is the freedom that USA always proclaim, politics sucks

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  4. it's so scary that this could even potentially happen! i've been bouncing around the internet this evening signing every petition i could find.

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    1. good girl! I did the same all day yesterday :)

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  5. Good to see other bloggers posting about this too! I'm in Australia, but I'm sure that if those bills get passed, we will be following close behind!!

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    1. totally, it's such a rippling effect when one major country chooses to make such insane changes like enforcing SOPA. I hope it doesnt pass, not just for americans but for any other countries that have potential to add it into their law as well.

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  6. I'm glad that some bloggers are aware of how damaging it could be to our community. I've sent multiple letters to my representatives and congress informing them that this is NOT something that the American public wants. Hopefully more people do the same and it doesn't get voted in!

    - Jaimie

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    1. Agreed! Go you for supporting the protests!

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