My WordPress Site is going dark, on Jan 18th (tomorrow), in protest of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).
I’m following the lead that many people and companies are setting. If you haven’t heard about it yet, look into SOPA and PIPA. These are very bad bills that may come our way and may stifle creativity and free speech on the internet. This is pretty serious and all sorts of sites are blacking out their sits in protest. If you have a site, please consider doing the same thing so that the message is loud and clear. Speak up for free speech and let the government know that you don’t agree with the actions they’re taking.
I understand that combating piracy is a huge ordeal and is very costly, but these bills will globally sacrifice ingenuity and creativity and will cause more damage than what the makers of this bill have anticipated. I agree that fighting piracy is a good thing, but taking measures such as SOPA and PIPA are going about it all the wrong way.
If you run a WordPress site, please consider using a black out plugin. I’ve decided to go with the “Go Dark” plugin since it has the feature of setting a date and time when to start the black out as well as putting your own message on the site.
Here’s reasons why SOPA and PIPA are bad:
- YouTube Video (21 min video, but please take the time to watch)
- American Censorship (Arizona)
- American Censorship
- How PIPA and SOPA violate White House principles supporting free speech
- WordPress: Help stop SOPA/PIPA
- Fight for the future
Note: Please don’t just black out your site. Do it the right way. Read this article for further details so that when the black out is over, you’re not penalized for doing so by the major search engines like Google and Yahoo!
Here is a great video explaining what these bills are about and what sort of trouble we’re in for if these pass in the house and senate.