Everyone from Google.com to Boing Boing to Wikipedia are blacking out their websites today in protest against what amounts to an attempt to neuter that last bastion of free speech — the internet as we know it — through legislation. The following is from The Online Photographer blog:
“To all U.S. readers: Take a moment today to go to Wikipedia, enter your ZIP Code, and follow the link to your Congressman. Tell them to vote AGAINST SOPA and PIPA, the two bills now before Congress that would suppress the internet.
Existing copyright law, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), are sufficient to protect rights owners’ interests.
This isn’t China. This isn’t a dictatorship. This is a free country with free speech enshrined in its basic principles. Protect it. If you don’t speak up, we all get what you deserve. Do it! Right now. Help save the free internet. Please.”