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I’ve recently participated in the Stop SOPA Blackout Day. And just now deactivated & deleted Toby Cox’ SOPA Blackout Plugin.
I’m also surprised and laughed at the reaction of some people who were not aware of the blackout. Reading those articles made my day.
And I’m happy that a lot of website owners from across the globe decided to participate. Everyone is, afterall, affected by it once it passes congress. Philippine citizens who owns a .com cough cough and .net domains/websites are especially affected. No one wants to be extradited to the US and tried for copyright infringement even if what we did is legal in the Philippine soil.
Business owners and SME’s running community sites are also affected. Imagine someone copying a jpeg from another website and posting it to yours. Someone complains, and the next thing you know, US IP packets are blocked from reaching your website. And that’s not all. Once SOPA (or PIPA) becomes law, say goodbye to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Why? Just take a look at your timeline, everyone is sharing everything.
Anyway, here’s a nice article explaining why a lot of sites went black yesterday.
And here’s a screencap of this blog when it went black.