Web Blackouts Boost SOPA Protests

  1. SOPA is an anti-piracy bill working its way through Congress.
  2. Reuters TV breaks down the battle between Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley…
  3. Online piracy war: Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
  4. Website blackouts caused the bill to lose some momentum in Washington. 
  5. Mashable released a copy of the House Bill Tuesday.
  6. As news spread of the blackouts, the nation began to pay more attention to SOPA. 
  7. 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.

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  9. I blacked out my facebook in protest to SOPA and PIPA, will you do the same?
  10. Hundreds gathered to protest SOPA and PIPA in New York City Wednesday.
  11. Protesters hit the streets in Las Vegas, San Francisco and other cities too.
  12. Some even used social media to contact their legislators. 
  13. I just contacted Rep. Christopher Van Hollen to oppose #SOPA/#PIPA – Join me! tinyurl.com/7vq4o8g #wikipediablackout
  14. I voted for you and I oppose SOPA @Jim_Moran
  15. Mid-Missourians also started to tune into SOPA and its possible effects. 
  16. my nerdy labmate is boycotting the internet today for SOPA and he seems pretty excited about it. keeps referring to his “black out.”
  17. Tell @Microsoft to kill the bill, not the internet. Come out against #SOPA **and** #PIPA. via @Sum_Of_Us bit.ly/wWmHN6
  18. #SOPA would make posting a video of anyone singing happy birthday at child’s 1st birthday on Facebook a CRIME. possible jail time and fines.
  19. Some reached out to U.S Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill on SOPA. 
  20. @clairecmc SOPA is a key issue for me I will not vote for anyone who votes yes on the bill even if it means leaving part of the ballot blank
  21. .@clairecmc If PIPA/SOPA were laws today, your Twitter background would be illegal. PLEASE DO NOT SUPPORT SOPA/PIPA! vice.com/read/pipa-support…
  22. @RoyBlunt as a registered voter and concerned MO citizen, I am asking you to please stop #SOPA
  23. @RoyBlunt SOPA is a key issue for me. I will not vote for anyone who votes yes on the bill even if it means leaving part of the ballot blank
  24. @RoyBlunt Thank you for withdrawing support of #SOPA / #PIPA and recognizing the need to protect both free speech and free enterprise.
  25. Senator Blunt announced his withdraw of SOPA Wednesday.
  26. I strongly oppose sanctioning Americans’ right to free speech in any medium, including over the internet. #SOPA #PIPA
  27. Upon cmte passage of this bill, Senate Judiciary GOPers said there were issues that must be addressed. I agree. #SOPA #PIPA
  28. Unfortunately, Sen Leader Reid disregarded those concerns & is pushing forward w/ a flawed bill that still needs much work. #SOPA #PIPA
  29. We can find a solution that will protect lawful content. But this bill is flawed & that’s why I’m withdrawing my support. #SOPA #PIPA
  30. Chairman of the bill, Lamar Smith of Texas, released this list of SOPA supporters near the end of 2011. 
  31. ProPublica is tracking where members of Congress stand on SOPA.
  32. The Huffington Post says President Obama must pick his position on SOPA… and the choice could affect his corporate support during the election year. 
  33. On Jan. 14, the White House said it does not support SOPA and PIPA. 
  34. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg also released his position on SOPA Wednesday. 
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