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Major Websites To Shut Down In Protest Of SOPA

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INTERNET BLACKOUT
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Last Christmas, we witnessed the power of the internet when a poster on popular forum Reddit initiated a boycott of web hosting firm Go Daddy for its support of the Stop Online Piracy bill, or SOPA. A mere week later, Go Daddy officially withdrew its support of SOPA, with CEO Warren Adelman issuing a statement saying that “Go Daddy opposes SOPA.”
 
With the House Judiciary Committee set to review the bill when Congress reconvenes later this month, those against the bill are not letting up on protests efforts, and the latest protest plan, if it does happen, will definitely be a momentous one.
 
According to ExtremeTech, a number of prominent tech companies that are part of the NetCoalition trade association are planning a ‘nuclear option’ in which they will all go dark at the same time “to highlight the fundamental danger the legislation poses to the function of the internet.”
 
Yes, come Jan. 23, which is the rumored date of the blackout since it’s one day before the Senate will debate SOPA, we might not be able to access the likes of AOL (AOL), Facebook, Google (GOOG), Linkedin (LNKD), eBay (EBAY), Amazon (AMZN), Yahoo (YHOO) and Zynga (ZNGA) – the entire of the internet basically.
 
Will these companies risk pissing off users by suspending their services? Maybe not, if we extrapolate from the results of a poll Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales took of his community to see if they would be in favor of a Wikipedia blackout to protest the free speech-clamping SOPA. Some 87% of respondents voted their support for a blackout.
 
Here’s the full list of companies that might participate in going nuclear:
  • AOL
  • eBay
  • Etsy
  • Facebook
  • Foursquare
  • Google
  • IAC (IACI)
  • LinkedIn
  • Mozilla
  • OpenDNS
  • PayPal
  • Twitter
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • Yahoo!
  • Zynga
Senate Majority leader has previously spoken about the urgency of passing SOPA, and there is bipartisan support for the bill, so it will take a lot for Congress to back away from it. But if there’s anything that might help to condemn SOPA, surely it will be a collective effort like this, should it happen.

(See also: GoDaddy Feels the Wrath of Netizens for Its Pro-SOPA Stance)
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