What is #SOPA ?

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Freedom of Speech
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I find, in the contemporary social-media dominated world, that when people discuss politics they never explain what is going on! Rather they tend to just demand that you support their cause. Sign this petition! Save the children! Come to this important meeting! Occupy Wall Street! Stop the killings!

Well. I like to understand an issue before I support a campaign.

So, when I saw the calls for people to ‘blackout’ their websites today in protest against #SOPA, I thought rather than blindly follow instructions, I’d use the  day to learn about what SOPA actually is. And to decide if I am opposed to it, and if so, what I can contribute in the campaign.

Wikipedia is one of the websites being blacked out in protest against SOPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Which is a bit of a bummer considering they are a major source of information. But, luckily, they have kindly left a page up explaining SOPA and PIPA. It reads:

‘SOPA and PIPA represent two bills in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively. SOPA is short for the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” and PIPA is an acronym for the “Protect IP Act.” (“IP” stands for “intellectual property.”) In short, these bills are efforts to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites, but, in our opinion, they do so in a way that actually infringes free expression while harming the Internet. Detailed information about these bills can be found in the Stop Online Piracy Actand PROTECT IP Act articles on Wikipedia, which are available during the blackout. You can also follow them through the legislative process here and here. The EFF has summarized why these bills are simply unacceptable in a world that values an open, secure, and free Internet.’


And here, Anonymous have collated some information about SOPA: http://youranonnews.tumblr.com/post/15783460213/stop-sopa-the-essentials-summary-and-bill-text

I am going to spend some of today reading up on this subject. Because freedom of expression and an open internet is important to me!

And if you get bored, here are some lovely photos of gorgeous men to keep you entertained:

UPDATE: I will add some links about #SOPA as I get them. Any info welcome!

This one asks if the ‘problem’ SOPA is trying to solve even exists:
https://plus.google.com/107033731246200681024/posts/BEDukdz2B1r /via @warrenpearson

Here wordpress join the protest against SOPA: http://wordpress.org/ /via @sesshabatto and others

Mashable’s take: http://mashable.com/2012/01/17/sopa-dangerous-opinion/ /via @scribbles78

This is a creative way of doing a ‘blackout’ of a website for the protest: http://theoatmeal.com/sopa /via @AbiePB and others

Here is stoner with a boner, regular commenter at QRGHQ’s take on SOPA: http://stonerwithaboner.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/what-is-sopa/

And this just in at the Nervous Breakdown literature/writing site: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jgingerich/2012/01/all-quiet-on-the-western-front-media-reacts-to-sopa-debate-with-resounding-silence/

Mic Wright debates with someone on MSN about SOPA and PIPA: http://tech.uk.msn.com/features/does-the-internet-need-regulating /via @brokenbottleboy

Why In Mala Fide is not participating in today’s blackout: http://www.inmalafide.com/blog/2012/01/18/why-in-mala-fide-is-not-participating-in-the-sopapipa-blackout/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed /via @FBardamu

How Copyright Industries Con Congress: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/how-copyright-industries-con-congress/ /via @mattlodder

https://traditionalchristianity.wordpress.com/2011/12/03/sopa-soaps/ SOPA Soaps, via stoner with a boner

Guardian CIF on SOPA: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/jan/17/stop-sopa-or-web-will-go-dark?INTCMP=SRCH

@How_Upsetting on SOPA and PIPA: http://howupsetting.tumblr.com/post/16132415365/sopa-and-pipa-would-create-a-consumption-only-internet

A post-blackout analysis from wikipedia watchers: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wikipedia_so_how_do_you_like_censorship.php /via @quarridors


  1. Corrupted politicians want to make rules for promoting their shitt ideologies without any obstruction. That is why they want to interrupt the people who are speaking the truth.

  2. QRG,

    for what it’s worth, here’s my write-up….

  3. AOBAG says:

    I was watching a live stream of the initial debate on SOPA- it was absolutely terrible (and terrifying). These people know nothing, or at least nothing specific or any technical details, of how the internet works, and the exact nuances of the law. At one point, one of the bill’s proponents called a toaster a website if it can access the internet.

  4. elissa says:

    I’m watching the Republican debate on CNN and they are a scary bunch for sure, though they all clearly stated they were against SOPA, to varying degrees of credibility.

    Santorum is a scary fuck!

  5. elissa says:

    Yes indeed, Romney is the currrent Republican leader. Below is a curious snap shot of the spectacle – Gingrich gets prodded with accusations from his ex-wife / open marital relationships, and he then fires back missiles at the metro host of CNN – who crumbles like a cookie amidst the approval of the partisan crowd….


  6. […] of American pie called The day the LOLcats died, a summary of the SOPA problems summarized in Quiet Riot Girl’s Blog, Mental Floss looked directly at why Wikipedia was down and Good covered a post-SOPA internet would […]

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