You may have noticed that my site has been “blacked out” all day in protest of the internet censorship legislation pending in the US House and Senate – also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). These acts are both meant to stop piracy and copyright infringement perpetrated by rogue foreign websites, but they were written in such a way that many feared that the government would be able to censor and take down sites without due process.
After hundreds (maybe thousands) of sites banded together in a “strike” in protest of these pieces of legislation, our voices have finally been heard. Today, several of the co-sponsors for these bills withdrew their support of SOPA and PIPA (see this article on Mashable for more information). They are likely not “dead” bills, but I am now confident that they will definitely receive a strong review and heavy modifications that would guarantee judicial fairness to website owners.
Today, I am proud to be a part of the internet community that bands together in times like these to get our collective voices heard.