What's Hawt: "Some of the Internet’s big guns have banded together and are planning a possible “Blackout Day” to protest the SOPA/PIPA acts that are due for debate in Congress."
hope these guys go through with this and show they mean business.
Each of those companies have the capital to sustain a loss in revenue I'm not sure if a day (meaning an official 24hrs) would really raise awareness. If a real statement was made. A full week or at least 72hrs would really call attention to the issues at hand facing the network. Its a great idea but I doubt they would actually go through with it. Investors would not be happy.
Anything to make the American Government realize they need to adapt instead of fighting a futile effort in legislating the internet. They couldn't be more off base on the way they go about these things. The Internet wins EVERY TIME!
yep, and if they actually do this, lot of people would be calling tech support thinking something is wrong with their computer! People will go nuts! :)
Love that these big companies are getting in on this!
It is officially the end of the world.
project mayhem is in full effect i see
good but damn i wonder when this is going to happen i planned on preordering 2 games near the end of the month on amazon oh @#$@# it they can wait :P
they should do it. I really just wanna see the results.
As much as I would not like being able to use some of these sites for a few days(since I think they would need to do 3 days to get the point across). It is a much better option than if SOPA passes, it is amazing how little the average person knows about this bill. I posted a link on my facebook the other day and asked my friends if they ever heard about it. Guess what? Out of the 54 people who responded, only 7 heard about SOPA. Quite shocking considering if it passes then just about every under the age of 50 would be directly effect, more so for the under 30 group. 4 of the 7 posters above me currently would also be considered felons due to having copyrighted images as their avatars.
Exactly. The courts could be granted the power to shut down a huge site like Reddit or YouTube just on the basis of one complaint. With no formal process of investigation, huge sites could fall pray to the hands of the law. Anyone wanting to abuse that act could shut down big corporations once they present a somewhat decent case. It is too general of an act to pass. The congressmen clearly are blind to the reality of this, and may be getting paid off by the MPAA and RIAA to push this crap.
It would probably take these big sites; Google, Amazon, Facebook etc. making the user experience really obscenely obnoxious with banners. This stuff from Tumblr & Wikipedia are cute, but they're way too small relative to the giants. I think they should just shut down for one day, and when people browse to those sites, it says something like "This is what you could see if SOPA passes. Please contact your politician ASAP if you want this bill stopped!"
But Tumblr alone was able to drum up about 90,000 phone calls to respective senators. Yea they might be small but that's a lot... so imagine the bloodshed if the big guns went on a blackout.
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lets you know if a site supports SOPA
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