Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOPA Blackout Day

Tomorrow, January 18, 2012, is SOPA Blackout day.
What is SOPA? The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261) is on the surface a bill that attempts to curb online piracy. Sadly, the proposed way it goes about doing this would devastate the online economy and the overall freedom of the web. It would particularly affect sites with heavy user generated content. Sites like Youtube, Reddit, Twitter, and others may cease to exist in their current form if this bill is passed.                  
As a site with nearly 100% user-generated content, I am joining the blackout tomorrow by including the script found at SOPABlackout to blackout the main page of Creepy Cleveland.

While I hardly expect a site like Creepy Cleveland to become a target for big media like reddit or youtube, I can't stand by and watch as the government attempts to control something they have cheerfully admitted they don't understand.  The quote of "First they came..." comes to mind when I think that if I don't stand up now, there soon may be no one to stand up in support of me...

P.S.  On the technical side, I found that including the one line javascript from the SOPABlackout site as the final line in the <head> section of the html template under Blogger's settings, achieved the desired results.

P.P.S.  Ironically, the link that goes to the "First they came..." link above goes to Wikipedia.  Wikipedia will be blacked out tomorrow as well.  See how much would be affected by these bills?


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