On January 18th, if you went to search something on Google you saw something interesting a black mark over where the word Google [logo] used to be.
This is the way Google decided to protest the legislation that’s being proposed…
The link on the bottom urges people to contact their congressman and to NOT censor the Internet. The link takes you to another page where they continue on to describe SOPA…
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Viewing the PDF that Google provided shows very clearly that ‘the people’ don’t want SOPA and that this is obviously something that should be dropped completely. How the entertainment industry wants to go after piracy on the Internet is completely wrong. And what’s sad is that most of the people tasked with passing this law has no idea how the Internet works and what the technical points are; they haven’t even read it most likely.
The official Blog for Google summarizes the repercusions of SOPA and PIPA…
Right now in Washington D.C., Congress is considering two bills that would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses. They’re known as thePROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House. Here’s what they’d do:
And Google wasn’t the only one… Wikipedia went dark as well. I was very surprised to see an article on Mashable that says the author [Rep. Lamar Smith] of SOPA is upset with Wikipedia; literally attacking the foundation of what Wikipedia is…
|“It is ironic that a website dedicated to providing information is spreading misinformation about the Stop Online Piracy Act,” reads the statement. “The bill will not harm Wikipedia, domestic blogs or social networking sites. This publicity stunt does a disservice to its users by promoting fear instead of facts. Perhaps during the blackout, Internet users can look elsewhere for an accurate definition of online piracy.”|
I would love to see that debate. I would love to see the top tech people in the United States, or around the world, come and debate this. He’d be made to be a fool.
The blackout was a way to get more people’s attention; and as far as the blackout goes, I believe it was a success.
Larry Henry Jr.