Blackout: Web Sites Go Dark to Protest SOPA

Brands and businesses stand up to the Stop Online Piracy Act

Today, social media is abuzz with the #BlackoutSOPA campaigns of people, big brands and web sites who are protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (aka SOPA), a new bill that would allow the government to control content on the World Wide Web. The concern? Censorship, and the power to take away information that is currently available to all with access.With companies like Google, Amazon and Wikipedia making statements in their own ways, even President Obama and the White House felt a need to make a statement about their opposition to SOPA, saying in part:

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cyber security risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

Still not concerned? See all the reasons anyone who uses the internet should be, and then check out AdAge’s list of the best SOPA protests online today.

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