2WGZ In Support Of Wiki’s Blackout To Fight SOPA
I know you are usually used to me posting about Hip Hop’s gossip, music, and other absurdities, but tonight I have something serious to speak on that we should all be apart of. If you haven’t heard of SOPA you will by the morning, because the Internet’s largest and most popular general reference has gone dark in protest to it. Wikipedia has joined a protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act.) Here at 2Whitegirlz we too will be joining the support against and helping spread the knowledge of what this act could actually mean.
“The bill is, in actuality, designed too obliterate free speech on the internet and allow media publishing companies to commercialize everything” sounds lovely doesn’t it?
“SOPA explicitly states that companies will be liable for everything their users post. Sites like Facebook,YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Wikipedia, or any sites that allow user generated content CANNOT existunder these laws. Immediately after this bill is passed, you will see the media mafia (MPIAA, RIAA, etc)replacing websites like Wikipedia with commercialized encyclopedia software. Mainstream media outletswill not cover this bill because they are the ones lobbying for it”
You can see why for the next 24 hours Wiki and many other sites will be fighting against SOPA/PIPA , at the same time it’s so hard to understand why CNET parent CBS Corp. is among the companies supporting SOPA. My only answer is the money (as usual).
I found it best explained in this BBC News article...
Wikipedia is opposed to the US Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) being debated by Congress.
The site’s founder, Jimmy Wales, told the BBC: “Proponents of Sopa have characterised the opposition as being people who want to enable piracy or defend piracy”.
“But that’s not really the point. The point is the bill is so over broad and so badly written that it’s going to impact all kinds of things that, you know, don’t have anything to do with stopping piracy.”
The message replacing the normal Wikipedia front page on the internet says: “For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopaedia in human history. Right now, the US Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”
This means we as bloggers will all be impacted! Your free music, download, videos, and more could change! (#neverforget onsmash.com) You dont want all your favorite sites to be censored do you?
If SOPA passes, copyright holders would be able to complain to law enforcement officials and get websites shut down. Search engines and other providers would have to block rogue sites when ordered to do so by a judge. Sites could be punished for hosting pirated content — and Internet companies are worried that they could be held liable for users’ actions.
Don’t worry college kids this black out is only 24 hours and for a good reason! But here’s what it will mean for you….
When a site “goes dark,” or participates in a “blackout,” the site will in some way restrict its usual content. For example, the English-language version of Wikipedia, which will be dark from midnight January 18 until midnight January 19, will feature information about SOPA and PIPA and encourage visitors to contact their representatives, in place of its usual encyclopedia entries. Similarly, visitors to Imagur’s photo gallery will find information about the legislation and “a message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation threatens sites like Imgur” as well as “methods to take action,” according to the company’s blog.
In addition to Wiki, Reddit has also gone offline, as well as Boing-Boing and several smaller websites. WordPress is suggesting users black out their own websites, but is not forcing any blackouts…. Please support us in our backing of the anti- SOPA act along side Wiki and Google.
If you don’t know much about this here’s a nice and easy read in case you don’t though “SOPA for Dummies” I swear no judgement here!