I’m not sure if anyone noticed that my site went dark on Wednesday, but I am sure that you noticed the blackout on other sites around the internet that day and I am sure by now you have heard of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) which have caused such an uproar in the online community and among tech companies in recent months. As of right now both bills have been shelved and there is no scheduled vote for either. The remaining Republican candidates came out against the bills as they began their campaign for South Carolina this week (big surprise, you say what will get you elected) and the White House made a statement that was mildly against these bills (in their current form).
I don’t normally get very vocal about political issues, but this was one that hit home for me. Wednesday I knew that things were going well for the side of freedom when Chris Dodd, president of the MPAA, made a statement blasting the companies involved in the protest calling them “irresponsible” for endangering people’s ability to do their jobs (by using Wikipedia). Rupert Murdoch accused bloggers and internet protestors of terrorizing Senators and Congressmen. The supporters of the bill were scared, knowing that our voices would be heard. Our voices were heard.
As such, I have returned my site to the normal colors and removed the protest ribbon that was going to stay up until next week when the vote on PIPA was scheduled. This does not mean the threat is over, the bills still exist and both the Congress and Senate intend to revisit these bills in some form. The industries behind these bills, the MPAA, RIAA, big pharmacy, and others will not quit their fight for this legislation.
Don’t let them take our freedoms away.