Blue Interactive Blacks Out Website in Protest of SOPA and PIPA

SOPA and PIPA Cheat SheetIn protest over the SOPA and IP Protection acts, Blue Interactive has blacked out their website for the day. Check out our one-page cheat sheet to understand the issues and what you can do to save the internet.

Download our SOPA and PIPA Blacklist Cheat Sheet.

The Global Intellectual Property Center reported the sale of counterfeit goods over the internet reached $135 billion last year. In response to these internet crimes, The Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act legislation have been developed. While this legislation may sound like it will something mildly positive, in reality, both regulations have serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it.

Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill in the House of Representatives
• Designed to block access to sites containing unauthorized copyright material.
• Content owners and U.S. government would be given power to request court orders to shut down suspected sites associated with piracy
• Government and cop rotations could block any site, foreign or domestic, for just one infringing link.

• Block access to infringing domains by suing to have links removed.
• Advertisers, payment processors, and internet service providers would be forbidden from doing business with infringers based overseas.
• Requires search engines to remove foreign infringing sites from their results.
• Email providers may be forced to censor certain links you send or receive.
• Anyone found guilty of streaming copyrighted content without permission 10 or more times within 6 months could face up to 5 years in jail.
• These acts could threaten the security and stability of the global DNS.
The White House criticizes the bill in a statement saying “Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small” and “We must avoid creating new cyber security risks or disruption the underlying architecture of the Internet”.

List of major participants of January 18th website blacked out in protest of SOPA:
• Wikipedia
• Reddit
• WordPress for Business Websites
• Political Buddies
• Good Evening
• Twitpic – censored versions
• Hacktivist group, Anonymous
• Major League Gaming
• The Economic Populist
• Blue Interactive Agency

Download our PIPA Blacklist Cheat Sheet.

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