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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Reddit is down, going offline for 12 hours protest of SOPA and PIPA.

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Today Reddit is down to protest SOPA and PIPA, and it's going to stay offline for about 12 hours from 0800 EST. To cut a long story, let's just say that the Internet is over-ridden with copyright-infringing material and those acts will allow for web-sites to be taken down solely for linking to illegal content, as opposed to hosting it themselves. In fact it is so over-ridden with different forms of piracy(weather because people don't know that they're infringing it or they don't care), that if those acts came into power, they'd break Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many more, and result in little girls singing their favourite Hanna Montana song on a video-blog to be sued in court (probably not, but would you trust the government to even theoretically have the power to do that?).

Now the way this works is because SOPA and PIPA turn the responsibility onto the site owners to check every bit of information from their users and from every link. And if they don't, the sites could be blocked within the US, lose their sponsors, get blocked from recieving search traffic, in other words be driven into total obscurity.

http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/stopped-they-must-be-on-this-all.html

Here's a link to the news update from Reddit, that could get me sued for copyright infringement for linking to an offending web-site, if SOPA and PIPA get signed into law. I can already envision the law-suit from whoever owns the Braveheart franchise.


Here's a video on the topic from one of my favourite YouTube game review channels: TotalHalibut. 


I'm getting worried over this, and I don't even like Reddit most of the time. But if you're still non convinced, if those acts are signed into law, 9gag and LolSnaps will be one of the first to go down. 

7 comments:

  1. I think it's great Reddit is joining this, will make a lot of younger people realize how serious SOPA is.

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  2. awareness of this on the internet is great, but reach out. Contact your Congressman!

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  3. Glad the words getting out there! Americans contact your Congressman!

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  4. Neat post and love your blog... would you like to follow each other!

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  5. Nice work on spreading this info, keep it up!

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