Stop Online Piracy Act

Wikipedia Joins Tomorrow’s SOPA Blackout

MSNBC blogger Bob Sullivan reports that Wikipedia has joined tomorrow’s SOPA Blackout.

Numerous sites have already confirmed their participation in this protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act as concerns mount with the extradition of TVShack co-creator Richard O’Dweyer to the United States.

White House Will Not Support SOPA/PIPA

An official statement from the White House was published yesterday and it appears that the White House will NOT be supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act :

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

This comment was left in response to two petitions against these acts.

SOPA Protests Scheduled For Jan 18th

Several American sites have decided to go dark on January 18th to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, a controversial piece of legislation that has been introduced into the House Of Representatives in the United States.

Reddit, Red 5 Studios, the Chezburger sites, Major League Gaming, Sonicretro, Gog.com, Minecraft/Mojang.com, xda-developers.com, Platform Nation, Dark Legacy Comic and TuCows (my registrar) are the first to confirm their participation. And this list of sites will likely expand as more confirmed opponents decide to participate.

Click here to read a joint statement against SOPA from AOL Inc., eBay Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., LinkedIn Corporation, Mozilla Corp., Twitter, Inc.,Yahoo! Inc. and Zynga Game Network.