What are SOPA and PIPA?

So, if you’ve been following life today (Jan 18/12), you’ve heard by now that Wikipedia is on a 24 hour strike/blackout. So are a bunch of other sites (such as reddit.com, wordpress.com and boingboing.net).

Here’s a video to give you an idea of what’s going on.

SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act.
PIPA = Protect-IP.

If that video didn’t do it for ya, click Mr. Burns for Gizmodo’s write up:

I also like the protest message that boingboing had up:

“503: Service Intentionally Unavailable

Boing Boing is offline today, because the US Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever. The legislation is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement.

This would unmake the Web, just as proposed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). We don’t want that world. If you don’t want it either, visit AmericanCensorship.org for instructions on contacting your Senator. You might also join us with Craigslist and Reddit and sign this petition. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.

The Boingers”

It’s scary to think, as a blogger, if I did something as simple as linking to a website that has copyrighted material posted on it, I could be in legal trouble. We’d be saying goodbye to cute videos like this, too, since they don’t own the rights to this song, and therefore, wouldn’t be allowed to post themselves singing it.


What Zuckyface had to say:


And, of course, I have to post something fun related to this, so click here to see 25 People Who Thought SOPA was about Soap.

And 25 Angry Kids Who Can’t Do Their Homework Because of the Wikipedia Blackout.

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