January 17, 2012

Major Sites Will Have a Blackout on 18 January – Get Ready


The American SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), is a flagrant abuse of power held by the American government and corporations. It would allow for the government to censor any and all information and domains it feels are in violation of online piracy – a term that can be used very loosely. According to the Wikipedia entry:

Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators such as PayPal from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites.

Americans have not taken this bill sitting down. There have been nationwide (and worldwide) protests against the implementation of the bill, citing that Internet censorship will cripple the Internet and destroy the fantastic infrastructure of free flowing information we have created.

Several companies have promoted the bill, and have since experienced service boycotts and retaliation from their customer bases. Many large Internet websites that are against the bill are set to completely black out their websites on January 18th. If you log onto Wikipedia tomorrow to finish that assignment of yours, don’t expect there to be much more than a black page describing SOPA and what the Internet could potentially look like with it in force.

Here are some of the larger websites that are participating in the day-long blackout tomorrow, and as such will be unavailable for use:

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Reddit
  3. All Cheezburger sites (Fail Blog, ICanHaz, Memebase etc.)
  4. Boing boing
  5. Mojang
  6. Major League Gaming

How to voice your opposition against SOPA and black out your own website on January 18th

If you have a WordPress enabled blog, a plugin makes it very easy to black out your site in support of free speech on the Internet. Simply install the SOPA blackout plugin.

The Internet must remain freely accessible for everyone around the world. It is, bar-none, the greatest tool we have ever created for the distribution and categorization of mankind’s information. The powers that be, as always, want to control it, hoard it and censor it for their own ulterior motives.

One can hope that John Gilmore’s famous quote from Time magazine in 1993 will still hold true:

The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

The following is a complete list of the sites known to be blackout out on January 18:


Reddit.com

Tucows.com

The entire Cheezburger Network

Destructoid.com

Hacktivist group, Anonymous

Red 5 Studios, developer of the Firefall MMO

Mojang.com and Popular MMO, Minecraft

NLB Creations
 – my own site
Webmaster community Admin Forums

Web design company, Skytemple.com

Gaming site Video Game Generation

Right Angle Recording

All sites in Major League Gaming’s network

GamingBus.com

Errata Security

XDA Developers

Gaming site, GOG.com

Hey It’s Free!
 – confirmed via email
Harder Blogger Faster

Colossal Mind

Sonic Retro
BrentAnderson.info
Working It Out
e-cloudy.com – confirmed via comments
Seibertron.com
NewGrounds
Through the Eyes of a Pirate – confirmed via Pirate Party
Cynical Brit
Platform Nation
Digital Suicide – confirmed via comments
Kahn Labs
Jamacast
CryptoCat
Joyblind – confirmed via email
A Much Better Way – confirmed via comments
[H]ard OCP Gaming Community – confirmed via comments
GamersTube.com
Boing Boing
Inkerro
 – confirmed via comments
The Weekly Gripe – confirmed via comments
Leslie Networks – “We will not be preforming a full black out but will be displaying a SOPA message on our site and possibly more.” – via comments and Twitter
WordPress for Business Websites – confirmed via comments
Simply Fixed – confirmed via comments
FriendStream – confirmed via comments
TacticalCraft – confirmed via comments
RedStoneHost.com – confirmed via comments
RaGEZONE – confirmed via comments
Raspberry Pi – confirmed via comments and site
LazySlob1
GeNyaa – confirmed via comments
Rational Responders – confirmed via comments
Brian Sapient – confirmed via comments
Celebrity Atheists – confirmed via comments
Purpose of Christmas – confirmed via comments
Atheism United – confirmed via comments
Emerald Angel Comics – confirmed via comments
Fairy Tail Episode – confirmed via comments
Vanilla Forums – confirmed via comments
Icrontic – confirmed via comments
New Buddhist – confirmed via comments
This is Xbox
CnC Fansite – confirmed via comments
Castle-G.com – confirmed via comments
Faio.org – confirmed via comments
egoArchive – confirmed via comments
Olivero Broadcasting Group – confirmed via comments
BHR Hosting – confirmed via comments
Red Dawn Movie News
Splitkick – via Twitter
Kona’s Korner
Radioactive Nerd – via Twitter
Talking About Games
Avast!
Cheapitarianism – confirmed via comments
Shaking the Tree – confirmed via comments
Hypocrites In Politics – confirmed via comments
Queeffr.com – confirmed via comments
Farttr.com – confirmed via comments
Quandu – confirmed via comments
PieceOfTheWorld.org – confirmed via comments
The Damned – confirmed via comments
Ian’s Brain – confirmed via comments
BitBid – confirmed via comments
Open Of Course – confirmed via comments
Tech Humanity – confirmed via comments
The Freelancer Today
Nerd Reactor
Stumble Down Under
Sfera Hosting – confirmed via comments
Tekeremata – confirmed via comments
Partido Pirata – confirmed via comments
Jovenes Piratas – confirmed via comments
Pirata Salocin – confirmed via comments
Amanecer Sombrio – confirmed via comments
Kobra Photography – confirmed via comments
Wikipedia – confirmed via Twitter
Super Seed Box – confirmed via comments
YourDegree.com – confirmed via comments
RootzWiki – confirmed via comments
Regretsy – confirmed via Facebook
LoganMifflin.com – confirmed via comments
What Time In – confirmed via comments
SubGurls.com – confirmed via comments
NimBusters.com – confirmed via comments
RivitCity.com – confirmed via comments
Eclipse Guild – confirmed via comments
Mobile Express DJs – confirmed via comments
RyanWhitman.tk – confirmed via comments
GirlGamer.com – confirmed via comments
Ani.Me – confirmed via comments
JoHarrington.co.uk (and also her Wizzley and Suite 101 profiles) – confirmed via comments
The House that a Girl Called Johnny Built – confirmed via comments
Jo’s Library – confirmed via comments
Merch Gwyar’s Blog – confirmed via comments
Council of Elrond  – confirmed via comments
3World
MemeStreams
DoodleKit
Political Buddies
John Shaw Computers – confirmed via comments
John Show for Florida State Senate – confirmed via comments
The Economic Populist – confirmed via comments
That’s Wut She Said – confirmed via comments
Bollywood Chat – confirmed via comments
Double Cross Reviews – confirmed via comments
Blamonet – confirmed via comments
Anonymous Iberoamerica – confirmed via comments
The Grindery – confirmed via comments
ROCKET-IT and subdomains – confirmed via comments
AfterLifeLochie – confirmed via comments
Sanguinus.org – confirmed via email
TechnoBuffalo – confirmed via comments
Brony Farm – confirmed via comments
MLPF.im – confirmed via comments

Additional sites via Reddit (thanks Cori!):

GOOD Evening
Rage Maker

FreakOutNation

TheLeakyWiki

Doxie Lovers Club

Twitpic
 – They won’t be going completely black, but will be posting censored versions of their site.
Age of Coins – A Minecraft server and forum
A Softer World
This Is Why Im Broke

Cake Wrecks
 (via Twitter: Cake Wrecks will be joining @reddit in going dark on 1/18 to protest #SOPA. Have a blog? Then join us! http://bit.ly/z2KkSx)
Dance Top 40

Code Labs

MediaMyriad.com
The Ikids Blog
MMO Melting Pot
Inficron Technologies
SeekMyBeat.com
Geek Culture and the Joy of Tech comic
Identi.ca
Quiet Speculation
Shdon.com
IHateVodafonEgypt.com
AnimeWallpapers.com
AnimeForum.com
AnimeLyrics.comAnimeGalleries.net
Trigger Pit
SmokeE
Random Software

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