On January 18, join Reddit and the country in protesting SOPA.
Reddit announced they will black out their site January 18 for 12 hours in protest of the US government’s pursuit of the horrible SOPA act:
The freedom, innovation, and economic opportunity that the Internet enables is in jeopardy. Congress is considering legislation that will dramatically change your Internet experience and put an end to reddit and many other sites you use everyday. Internet experts, organizations, companies, entrepreneurs, legal experts, journalists, and individuals have repeatedly expressed how dangerous this bill is. If we do nothing, Congress will likely pass the Protect IP Act (in the Senate) or the Stop Online Piracy Act (in the House), and then the President will probably sign it into law. There are powerful forces trying to censor the Internet, and a few months ago many people thought this legislation would surely pass. However, there’s a new hope that we can defeat this dangerous legislation.
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).
Join the many who have researched this bill and found it not just lacking but a crime against the foundations upon which this country was built. Join James Wales, founder of Wikipedia, Brian Gardner of Copyblogger, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Riot Games, Robert Scoble, and the thousands and thousands of web publishers and experts saying NO to SOPA.
If you are on the self-hosted version of WordPress, Stop SOPA Ribbon WordPress Plugin. I’m sure there will be a SOPA Blackout WordPress Plugin coming soon.
If you are on WordPress.com, it’s harder to blackout your blog completely unless WordPress.com offers an option to black out our blogs in protest on January 18. So I’m offering an alternative.
Below are two graphic options for you to choose from (or make your own) to post on your blog. Create a future post for all day January 18 with one of these graphics filling the post. Click on them to get to the full size and copy and upload them to your site. You are welcome to use them freely.
WordPress has come out strongly against SOPA/PIPA including sharing this video to help you learn more.
For more information on SOPA and its potential impact on your Internet experience, check out Reddit’s Community for the Opposition of the “Stop Online Piracy Act”.
Want to take more action, which we all recommend, read Gigaom’s Hate SOPA? 6 things you can do to stop it.
Honestly, I’m not sure if congress is listening as the protests have been loud and long and the number of people signing the petitions is great, so it is more important than ever that our voices are heard. Stop this threat now.