Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Websites Preparing To Blackout For Protest

Congress has been working to get two bills approved that will change copyright violations on the Internet. In a attempt to stop the bills from getting approved there will be a online protest involving some well known and widely utilized websites. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA,) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA,) bills have been opposed and criticized by the online technology industry. Wikipedia is the latest website to join a growing list of online protesters. Those against the bills say, many of the proposed provisions, will force search engines and Internet service providers to block access to websites that offer or link to copyrighted material. The change would stifle innovation and enable government censorship. People who make a living on the Internet and use it daily were not happy about the potential effects of the bills. This development would tamper with the livelihood of businesses on the Internet.

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, made this comment on Monday via Twitter...
“Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!”
Wales also made this statement during a recent interview, when asked about the protest...
"Wikipedia wanted to send a clear message to lawmakers and regulators in Washington."  
Along with Wikipedia; Reddit, the social news site, and Boing Boing, a technology and culture blog also plan to blackout their sites on Wednesday at midnight. A estimated 460 million people around the world visit Wikipedia each month, with the blackout potentially reaching as many as 100 million people. If this law is passed, it will directly effect the way "Im Just Saying" is able to obtain, and disburse information to our audience. Stay informed people!!!


  1. The government will not stop until they have total control over everything. Thanks for the info

  2. So pretty much they are giving the entertainers and big companies the right to sue over the use of private material. I thought the web was a place you can express your freedom of speech. I would like to vote against these bills being passed.

  3. if you are doing your homework on wickipedia, you have a problem, i'm just saying

  4. Good post Fellas...hopefully the govt backs off at least a little! I'm a little surprised, but this does display how important it will be moving forward for these companies to hire more lobbyists and economists within their organizations! I think many of the lawmakers still are HUGE supporters of JUST the traditional "brick and mortar" businesses and this clearly shows the lack of support personnel the internet companies have within the government!

  5. We did not post a topic yesterday in support of the Blackout. Thanks to all who read the post and chose to support # Im Just Saying