CENSORSHIP ALERT: Reddit is Shutting Down for SOPA

Don’t scream, don’t panic, don’t run with scissors…..yet.  It’s only for one day, and it’s for a good cause.

Reddit is closing down its operations for twelve hours on January 18, 2012 to mark their protest of the introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect I.P. Act (PIPA).

The SOPA act would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to criminalize websites that use copyrighted material, and blacklist them from the internet. Which basically means most sites, right now.  It would change the entire way you use the internet, with the new web being a place where there was a lot less sharing, passing along of photos, videos and information.  You know how you feel when you search Youtube, find exactly what you wanted, and hit play only to find the content has been removed due to copyright violation?  That would happen everywhere.

And according to the Huffington Post, if a website is accused, it could be punished by being removed from search engine results, barred from online advertising networks, and blocked from payment processing networks. The bill would also make the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, such as a song or TV show, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.

During the blackout, Reddit will be streaming the congregational hearings about SOPA, while displaying statements about how the legislation could hurt the internet.

Read more about it on nerve.com and huffingtonpost.com.




  1. Cletus from Brooklyn

    January 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

    A new underground internet will arise from this crap.

    • Mazzcomm5

      January 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      It’s already there. Google “TOR”

  2. Halfafez

    January 12, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Hack the planet!

  3. FuchuBH

    January 12, 2012 at 9:39 am

    See, this kind of thing is only gonna piss off Lord Nikon, Cereal Killer, and both Crash AND Burn… not to mention the gay Japanese guys.

  4. East Side Llama

    January 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Who cares?

  5. Guest

    January 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    We should just Fight Club this bitch and start over every goddamn thing. FUCK FUCK FUCK THE POLICE

  6. MarcusH

    January 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Is the internet going to end up like streets scenes on Travel Channel where all t-shirts and non sponsor signs are blurred out?

  7. Mark Taylor

    January 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Like David Krumholtz (Mr. Universe) said in the movie Serenity “You can’t stop the feed Mal”

  8. Chris

    January 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    In the unlikely event anyone wants to read about the influence/implementation of SOPA as explained by a network engineer – Refusing to answer to policy reasons – The Hill’s Congress Blog http://bit.ly/zjRjiG & Protecting the Internet from criminals—Richard Bennett – NYPOST.com http://nyp.st/zv73xS

  9. Mazzcomm5

    January 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    The idea of protecting copyright is a noble idea but this bill would give companies the power to shut sites down if they even feel they are being infringed on. They will abuse this power to attack competitors and smaller companies that can’t afford to fight back.

    If you give these companies guns they will use them to shoot first and then worry about if they were right or wrong later and the victims would have no recourse to recoup losses.

    “The Stop On-line Piracy Act” is as much about Piracy as “The Patriot Act” is about Patriots.

    • Chris

      January 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      they already have the power to submit DMCA violation notices to users’ ISPs and can take them to court. SOPA doesn’t directly influence .com sites in the US, but applies to *foreign* sites breaking US copyrights and engaging in illegal activity (e.g. online scams, foreign phishing sites, etc)

      • Mazzcomm5

        January 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm


      • Chris

        January 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

        glad you were able to provide so much insight. thanks for the discussion.