Who is joining the SOPA / PIPA protests and what they look like
The SOPA / PIPA fiasco is a contentious issue no doubt. One that I, with many others, am whole-heartedly against. I believe there are better and more effective ways of dealing with the problem, but perhaps that is another post all together.
While it may seem a bit counter-intuitive to shut down or reduce a service on the web in protest I think it’s actually a brilliant way of bringing the issue to the average, normally blissfully ignorant consumer and making them take notice. This kind of attempted infringement on the way things are could have serious consequences. The internet is a haven of free speech, chaos and creativity. It is far bigger than you or I and to let it be attacked in the way the man is trying to do is unacceptable. With that said below are some pictures of the various SOPA/PIPA ‘blackouts’ being staged by various sited on the web.
Mojang / minecraft
The huffingt0n post
REALLY love what Flickr have done with their ‘opt in to darken your photo’ thing:
Great site from Greenpeace (interactive)
Icanhascheezburger network (don’t forget they were one of the catalysts that forced GoDaddy to pull their support for the bill - http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/23/godaddy-no-longer-supports-sopa/)