I know, SOPA and PIPA sound like dog names – which is confusing because today, people all over the internet are yelling ‘STOP SOPA and PIPA!’ and it makes me think ‘Why, what did they do? Did dogs kill the internet or something?’
No. Dogs did not kill the internet. It’s something much, much worse (and dogs are pretty bad, right?)
Today, lots and lots of websites (including the massive Wikipedia) have closed their virtual doors in protest of proposed U.S legislation which threaten the internet as we know it today – SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA (Protect IP Act).
This affects user-generated content around the world, so please take a moment to read up on the subject. Those good folks over at WordPress.org (who made the software I use to create this blog) have put together an informative video. Please go there now to find out more about how this legislation will affect the internet. Thanks.
UPDATE: Okay, so now the protests are over, WordPress has returned to normal and I can’t find their super-awesome explainy video anywhere. So instead, how about checking out The Oatmeal’s animated GIF to find out more about SOPA/PIPA… Clickity Click