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January 18, 2012, 05:35:27 PM

Offline Laz

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Why are many internet sites offline today?

Beacuse of SOPA and PIPA, which are legislation currently in the works in the US. If this legislation gets passed it will give corporations and business's the power to shut down any site that they "claim" has a copyright infringement (weather it actually does or not). Because of the way this legislation is worded this can extend not only to data put out by the site owners but also user contributed material (like shutting down youtube because someone posted a video)

In light of this a protest was organized by many major sites including Google and Wikipedia to name a few for Jan 18th. They will all be shutting down services to one degree or another. The black banner over our forum logo link is just to show support and will stay up for the duration of the 18th.

I live in the United States. What's the best way for me to help?
The most effective action you can take is to call your representatives and tell them you oppose SOPA and PIPA, and any similar legislation. Type your zipcode in the locator box to find your representatives' contact information. Text-based communication is okay, but phone calls have the most impact.

Read the whole article on Wikipedia (and yes Wikipedia is blacked out today as well except for this page)
SOPA and PIPA are badly drafted legislation that won't be effective at their stated goal (to stop copyright infringement), and will cause serious damage to the free and open Internet. They put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. And, SOPA and PIPA build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.
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