Reddit announced they would blackout their site on January 18th to protest House Bill SOPA and the Senate version PIPA. SOPA and PIPA were created to combat online piracy, but in actuality bring the high price of sweeping censorship to the internet. (More information on both Bills are at the end of this announcement)
Instead of the normal glorious, user-curated chaos of reddit, we will be displaying a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action.
PNC-Minnesota, along with our sister bureaus PNC-Texas, PNC Bay Area, Capital Witch joins Reddit and hundreds of other websites in the blackout. We oppose SOPA and PIPA for the same reason Craigslist opposes both Bills:
Corporate supporters of HR3261 (SOPA) and S968 (PIPA) want the ability to take down any web site that affects their profits — without due process or judicial oversight — in the name of combating “online piracy.” Hoping you won’t notice or care, your Public Servants are preparing to give them that right.
Noted author and teacher T Thorn Coyle has announced her intent to join in the blackout: “My website will go dark this Wednesday in solidarity with all of those trying to get the attention of US Congress before the Jan 24th vote.(Let’s fight SOPA and NDAA and Social Inequality too! Let’s stand for the world we wish to create, while we’re at it!)”
Public opposition to both Bills has already started to turn the tide against SOPA and PIPA. The House has agreed to shelve SOPA until greater consensus is achieved. Some Senators have started to oppose or drop support for PIPA. However, it’s not over. SOPA can be picked up again at any time and PIPA is moving forward in the Senate. If you would like to join in the blackout, here are a few suggestions: