On Wednesday, January 18, from 8am to 8pm EST, I’m joining thousands of other organizations, businesses and individuals – ranging from Wikipedia and Google to Reddit and others – in protest of the SOPA and PIPA bills now before the House and Senate. Even Google is joining in , not going dark, but providing information about the bills and how they’ll affect the Internet.
SOPA, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (H.R. 3261), and PIPA, “PROTECT IP Act” (S. 968), says O’Reilly Media, is “potentially poisonous to many of the things that we stand for. Not only has the internet had a hugely positive impact on our economy, our culture, and our ability to disseminate media and information, but it has allowed people from all walks of life and all areas of concern to become publishers, media producers, journalists, educators, doers, makers. We think that legislation like that being proposed would have a chilling effect on all of this.”
I agree, and in solidarity with others who value free and open communications on the web and off, TMWillingham.com will go dark tomorrow, Wed. January 18, from 8am to 8pm. [Well, I was *supposed* to go dark, but the WordPress code doesn’t seem to be working and as with all things Internet, there are no guarantees – of stopping piracy or anything else – so I’ll lodge my protest in the open, unless this site randomly disappears when the code decides to work!]
Learn more at AmericanCensorship.org