SOPA Protests

Google's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012Today a portion of the web did something that I don't think we've seen before; website "black outs" and other activities to raise awareness for a legal issue. No matter your thoughts on SOPA I find it fascinating to see activism on this scale on-line; this isn't just a few fringe sites saying "legalize it" or "bring our troops home" this is major, major players in our web-economy taking a stand on a political issue. Given that most of these sites will be back to normal tomorrow, I'm going to try to capture screen shots of at least a few of the participating websites.

The List

Probably the most visible comment against SOPA will me Google's blacked-out logo:

Google's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Google looses some points though for not actually blacking itself out, I can understand where there business model wouldn't allow it. That makes the blackout that is probably affecting the most people that of Wikipedia's English site.

Wikipedia's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Heck, Wikipedia even drug CNN into covering the outage:

CNN's Homepage in covering protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Another highly visible protest would be that of the Cheez Burger Network, who are responsible for all kinds of websites like I Can Haz Cheez Burger, FailBlog, and The Daily What.

The Cheez Burger Network's Homepages in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Also on the comedic-but-high-impact list is Reddit's website:

Reddit's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Both Ars Technica and TechCrunch were up and running, but they both choose to sport an alternate design to show their opposition to SOPA.

Ars Technica's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

TechCrunch's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Although its not always the most well respected site online, you have to admit, not having access to Craig's List for your local area is a bit of a headache.

Craig's List's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

SOPA Opposition saw some support from some unusual places like Greenpeace.

Greenpeace's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Mojang is there too, but choose a nice bold red unlike the dark colors everyone else is sporting.

Mojang's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Mozilla took it's homepage down for SOPA Strike, too.

Mozilla's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

O'reilly Media, who publish books in physical and digital mediums.

O'Reilly's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Some solidarity from overseas at OSNews.

OSNews's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Some protests were smaller, like that at TwitPic

TwitPic's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

And my favorite protest is probably that at The Oatmeal. Leave a web comic writer to sum it up perfectly. This is especially interesting since The Oatmeal has been ripped off by people who would be labeled as infringers under SOPA. Check out the animated .gif on the site (I'll hard link it after it moves off the main page).

The Oatmeal's Homepage in protest of SOPA on 1/18/2012

Send Me Your Screen Caps

Find some other SOPA protests? Grab a screen cap and link it here... these things will be gone tomorrow, so move quick and get some documentation.

 

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Jon Hartmann, July 2011

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