Porn joins protest
On Jan 17, 2012, I had reported on how Wikipedia would be shut down for 24 hours to protest against proposed American laws – SOPA and PIPA - which are good for big business but would stem the freedoms, democratic speech and creativity of the internet. (Article republished below)
On the day Wikipedia was down, a number of tech giants like Google, WordPress, Reddit and others also protested online. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also blogged about his opposition to SOPA and PIPA.
Yawn, so what? Will they men who run the US Government pay real attention to such online protests?
Webpronews has detailed on how extremely popular porn sites like PornHub, Tube8 and SpankWire also protested on Jan 18 along with sites like Wikipedia and Google. PornHub had placed a “stop censorship” bar over their logo, reminding users that the site, like other tube sites, would struggle to exist under SOPA and PIPA.
This porn protest for free speech on Jan 18 sure got the attention of the men who run the US Government. Or least the millions who log on to get their daily dose of porn.
(Techgoss had published the following on Jan 17, 2012)
No Wikipedia Jan 18
Put simply, the US Congress, backed by big business, is trying to pass two laws - SOPA and PIPA - which are good for big business but would stem the freedoms and creativity of the internet. It would also allow anyone sitting in USA to even block advertising to a website in Bangalore. Even if you are in the right, you have to go and settle it in USA. Most experts, including Google and Facebook, believe that SOPA and PIPA will break all that is good on the internet.
Wikipedia, which gets 474 Million visitors a month, has decided to take a stand against SOPA and PIPA. They will shut down their English website tomorrow to protest these bad laws
On January 18, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States.
“Today Wikipedians from around the world have spoken about their opposition to this destructive legislation," said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia. "This is an extraordinary action for our community to take - and while we regret having to prevent the world from having access to Wikipedia for even a second, we simply cannot ignore the fact that SOPA and PIPA endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world."