This is my master linkdump for today of SOPA and PIPA articles, statements, etc.

Full text of each act

Full text of the Stop Online Piracy Act

Full text of the Protect IP Act (pdf)

Various articles and blog posts

TechDirt on the Protect IP Act with links to the full text of the act

The Verge - What Is SOPA And How Does It Work?

Lifehacker - All About SOPA, The Bill That Wants To Cripple Your Internet Very Soon (with video)

Team Dignitas Explains How SOPA Will Affect The StarCraft Community (relevant for gamers)

Marci Sischo on SOPA

Reddit Announces SOPA Blackout Day on January 18th 2012

TechCrunch - Tumblr Censors User’s Dashboards Ahead Of SOPA Debate (I didn’t see this…? Did it really happen?)

Mashable - Paul Ryan, Target Of Reddit Campaign, Won’t Support SOPA

UbuWeb Is Taking Part In The Jan 18 Blackout

TechDirt - If SOPA’s Main Target Is The Pirate Bay, It’s Worth Pointing Out That Is Immune From SOPA

Sociable - WordPress officially comes out against SOPA/PIPA, calls on its users for help.

TorrentFreak - SOPA will mean the end of Reddit

Break the Matrix - SOPA will mean the end of Reddit (for people who can’t access TorrentFreak)

TorrentFreak - While Drafting SOPA, US House Harbours BitTorrent Pirates (sorry, can’t find this article elsewhere)

Statement from Wordpress on SOPA and PIPA

Kotaku - SOPA and You: A Primer

The Digital Shift - SOPA: A Call To Action For Librarians

Stop American Censorship - explores what might happen to Justin Bieber and hundreds like him who sing covers on Youtube

Electronic Frontier Foundation - How SOPA Affects Students, Educators and Libraries (a must-read for all university, TAFE, college and high-school students)

League of Legends opposes SOPA

The Word of Notch - Mojang Has Never Supported SOPA

Both Marvel and DC Comics Support SOPA (this makes me INCREDIBLY disappointed in them; I’m thinking no Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises for me this year. I don’t want to support them. Sorry, I love the Internet slightly more than I love Avengers or Batman.)

Gizmodo - list of companies supporting SOPA

Riot Games is against SOPA

Epic Games is against SOPA

Nintendo, EA and Sony drop support for SOPA (unconfirmed; some still claim that Sony technically supports through the parent company, not sure about EA or Nintendo. Need more confirmation.)

Over 40 Internet Companies Come Out Against SOPA (including Tumblr)

The BSA drops support of SOPA (also unconfirmed; they didn’t explicitly say they don’t support it, just that it ‘needs work’. I don’t consider that a show of non-support.)

Liquisoft - SOPA is bad for deviantART

GoDaddy has NOT withdrawn support for SOPA (even after they lost over 37,000 domains)

Daily Kos: Protect IP/SOPA And The Impact It Will Have On Industries And Jobs

Copyblogger: The Problem With SOPA (And How To Stop It)

Hitler Reacts To SOPA (ahhhh…the old Downfall remix video…)

TrendMicro: Unintended Consequences: How SOPA could threaten Internet security (I would not interpret this as a statement against SOPA by TrendMicro, but they are right; DNS poisoning is a popular attack to steal passwords and other identifying information, and browsers will not be able to tell the difference between a SOPA/PIPA block and a poisoned DNS. DNSSEC has already been widely deployed anyway, so there’s going to be trouble. It’s not explicitly stated that DNSSEC and proxies are illegal, but they’re illegal by implication in that they allow for circumvention of SOPA.)

TechDirt: Former DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Assistant Secretary Stewart Baker on SOPA 2.0: Still A Disaster For Cybersecurity (no comment is required - DNSSEC is there to help people, in a much bigger way than piracy. Identity theft and credit card fraud are, to me, much greater threats than piracy. DNSSEC is one of the few effective ways beyond flat-out paranoia to stop DNS poisoning attacks.)

TechDirt: MC Hammer and Tim Berners-Lee hate SOPA

Wil Wheaton speaks out against SOPA (He was also quite vocal about it on Twitter)

Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy The Internet As We Know It

Inc.: Inside the Fight Against SOPA

Inc.: Three More Reasons SOPA Ought To Scare You (includes statement that is against SOPA)

BoingBoing: How SOPA Will Destroy Internet Security (here’s my beserk button again…deep breaths, Dart…)

BoingBoing: SOPA And Everyday Americans (if you think it doesn’t affect you, newsflash - IT DOES)

BoingBoing: WTF Is Happening With SOPA Now? (ILY Cory Doctorow. ILY forever. LET ME LOVE YOU. Ahem. No I’m not fangirling over someone I’ve only ever heard of because of his politics opinions, what made you think that?)

Stanford Law Review: Don’t Break The Internet

Fractured Atlas: The Wrong Way To Protect IP (Fractured Atlas is also against SOPA)

TechDirt: Jon Stewart Promises To Study Up On SOPA (finally, some mainstream TV coverage…I can hope, can’t I?)

The New York Times: The Danger Of An Attack On Piracy Online petition for Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and Amazon to join in the SOPA Blackout Day (Wikipedia and Wikimedia Foundation are still considering; Tumblr already did something but I don’t know how much awareness it raised - I didn’t see it, anyway. I would suggest adding deviantART,,, LiveJournal and deli.cious to the petition, as they will also be directly affected by SOPA. Fansites as well like ModTheSims and The Sims Resource,, if you can think of any others go for it.)

ExtremeTech: Boycott SOPA: An Android app that terrifies publishers and politicians (good for anyone with an Android phone or device; pity there isn’t one available for iOS and Windows Mobile)

Tech2: Reddit declares blackout on Jan 18 to protest SOPA (did I already post this? Well, here it is again.)

Forbes: If Facebook Won’t Stop SOPA, We Can Do It For Them (I think all the complacent and uninformed would sit up and notice if Facebook’s logo suddenly had a black bar over it. And perhaps for a day they could disallow posting of links and uploading of images and videos, or replace all thumbnails with the SOPA image. And provide information on what’s going on - that’s always important.)

Mashable: I Can Has Cheezburger Turns 5, Plans To Go Black To Protest SOPA (this covers the entire Cheezburger Network, which is a LOT of sites - and Cheezburger will lose revenue but they don’t seem to be scared. C’mon, Facebook - you guys make enough money per year that a 24-hour outage is nothing)

ReadWriteWeb: Tech Company PACs Donate to SOPA/PIPA Sponsors (well guess who I’m not buying from until SOPA and PIPA are dead)

ReadWriteWeb: Will Reddit’s SOPA Blackout Make A Difference? (Very well-written and many good points. They do need more quote-unquote mainstream sites on board like Facebook and Google. Granted, with the services Google provides they can’t do a total blackout - their services are very widely needed - but black bars on their logo and perhaps a stop to image and video searching for a day would make people sit up and take notice.)

Free Expression: Five Questions With Jack Balkin (Jack Balkin is a Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School. He sounds like he really knows his stuff. Third question is on SOPA. Very good for those looking for information on the legality of SOPA/PIPA.)

Nvidia Does Not Support SOPA (I’m waiting to see if AMD/ATI come out over this - or other hardware companies.)

Joystiq: Runic Games stands against SOPA (another developer! Still waiting on Valve’s opinion, as well as 2K, Rockstar, etc.)

IGX: Team Meat: “If SOPA passes everyone should boycott and pirate everything by the companies pushing it through.” (I am so buying Super Meat Boy.)

Discount ASP: An open letter to the hosting industry (it’s crucial for hosts to stand against SOPA and PIPA - they are one of the groups who stand to lose the most from it)

TruthOut: Stop Online Piracy Act Debate Highlights Congress’ Ignorance (read it)

Motherboard: Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works (this article practically went viral during and after the debate)

Mashable: Nuke The Net: How To Get The Mainstream Talking About SOPA (I know I already reblogged the link but here it is again!)

Mashable: Facebook and Google Team Up To Fight The E-Parasite Act

Fight For The Future (created by Tumblr)

I Work For The Internet (a site created by people whose jobs rely heavily on the Internet; I am amazed and shocked to not see Rooster Teeth up there, or any webcomic artists that I know)

Reddit: These 61 Senators are refusing to meet with their constituents before the critical Jan 24 vote on SOPA/PIPA (Challenge accepted.)

Frequency: SOPA Explained By The Guardian (video)

Tucows: Why We Don’t Like SOPA (you can add Tucows to the list of sites and companies against SOPA)

DemandProgress: petition urging Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation to participate in the Jan 18 blackout (the more sites that can participate, the better)

VentureBeat: If SOPA passes, we’re as much to blame as Congress and Hollywood (many good points made; we need to stop being complacent and start taking real action. Changing an avatar or adding a banner to your site doesn’t do much. But representatives can’t ignore mountains of angry letters, inboxes full of angry emails, and phones ringing off the hook with demands to end their support for SOPA and PIPA. Nor can they ignore crowds of protestors showing them just how many people don’t want the bill passed.)

Facebook: Stop Internet Censorship by Protesting SOPA event (I’m participating; will you? If you don’t have Facebook, urge those that you know who do to participate.)

Geek: How To Bypass SOPA Restrictions (see? It’s already been proven to be about as useful as a chocolate hammer)

WTAQ - Author of online piracy bill vows not to buckle (Challenge accepted.)


Diamond Level - Help Keep Day[9] Out of Jail!

Browser Addons

DeSOPA for Firefox (BE WARNED - this fucked up both Tumblr and Google mail for me, I had to disable it and restart my browser to fix it. Use it at your own risk.)

DeSOPA for Firefox (via Lifehacker)

No SOPA for Chrome

The TOR project (probably the best way to circumvent SOPA; also useful for anyone who is concerned about the content they post online, it’s widely used by activists in politically volatile countries to help hide their identities for their safety.)

Mashable: Soapy: Can This Plugin Kill SOPA? (I have yet to try Soapy. Use it at your own risk - and let me know what your results are! If it works nicely I might just grab it.)


As always, if you have any additional links - videos, articles, etc., please drop them in my askbox. I’ll be out most of tonight but I’ll update as soon as I get back if there are extra links.