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would be blacked out globally

to protest SOPA and PIPA

but Marc doesn’t know how to do that without deleting his blog. But seriously, educate yerself, Internet-lovers. If this passes I’m gonna have to delete all my pictures.

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  • Elaine

    Ok question, I have no idea how laws and things work, but if this gets passed, would you really have to delete all your pictures? Or would you just not be able to post any new ones? Don’t ex post facto laws would prevent people from prosecuting you retroactively?

    • Rob

      Pretty sure that having illegal content uploaded is an *ongoing* offense. Also SOPA isn’t so much about making infringement illegal, but rather letting companies point to any individual website and get it effectively removed from the internet *without* judicial revue

      • Rob

        (though marc I honestly don’t think you have to delete your pictures anyway; I mean not only are you obviously using content in a fair-use way, but you’re not exactly stepping on viacom’s toes with a captioned picture of B16)

      • Elaine

        oh okay, thanks for clarifying!

  • Michael Carper

    Do an old-school blackout: make all your text black.

    Crap. Uh, make the background black?

  • Brandon Vogt

    Assuming you’re running WordPress, they’ve made it simple to blackout your blog:

    “When you log into your dashboard go to Settings, then select Protest SOPA/PIPA. Once there, you’ll have three options:

    - Full blackout and ribbon
    - Ribbon only
    - None

    A full blackout will black out your blog until 8 pm and will play a ribbon on your blog after 8 pm until January 24th.

    A ribbon only will leave your site “readable” but will place a ribbon in the top right hand portion of your blog until January 24th.”

    • The Ranter

      Do you know if there’s a way to do this on blogger?

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  • Penny Farthing1893

    I think your pictures all fall under fair use. While I think certain provisions of this law are wrong, and I hope it doesn’t pass, it would not significantly change the internet for people who are just doing their thing and not pirating anything. That being said, there needs to be a better law written, not this monstrosity. Intellectual property needs better protection online, sorry. The problem with this law is that it could make the host of a website on which some jerk posts a link to, say, pirated software, liable for the act of piracy, thus making hosting even a simple blog with comments potentially dangerous. If they wanted to make it easier to prosecute the owner of the site that actually provides the pirated software, that would be awesome. Any time I find myself in agreement with Anonymous, I get a little creeped out, and look for a middle way between the anarchy that a lot of people want the web to descend into, and the naked power grab that this particular piece of legislation represents.

  • TheEnd

    That document you link says SOPA will bring the end of free internet porn. If this is true, isn’t the rest a small price to pay for such good news?

    • Marc Barnes

      it won’t. at best it will commercialize it.

    • Anonymous

      the people who will suffer from SOPA are not those who make p*orn but honest, independent content creators (like Marc, other bloggers, those who make videos on YouTube, etc). It’s a terrible idea.

  • David Pell

    I was listening to someone talk about this on the radio last night and they were saying it only applied to websites based outside of the US.

    • Penny Farthing1893

      SOPA applies to foreign sites but PIPA is very similar and applies to US sites. The main problem with both is the way they go about doing their task, not what they are trying to do. They make it so US courts/agencies can ban websites, forcing links to them to break or redirect. Hackers and pirates are simply going to keep reposting pirated stuff, and possibly even redirect traffic to virus-laden sites. It’s a ridiculous way to address the problem. Strengthening companies’ and individuals’ ability to prosecute pirates would be a better approach, IMO, but that is definitely harder since so much piracy is does in foreign countries….

  • Mrsgarageflower

    I don’t think we have to worry this time… but internet censorship has been an issue a few times in our recent past. When the FCC, en banc, came to CMU almost 4 years ago it was to hear from both industry and consumers on the subject of internet freedom. Don’t let the guard down, if industry can find a way to regulate content and charge for it – they will try to have it!

  • Martin Johannes Grannenfeld

    I blacked out my website aswell – not so much for protesting against SOPA (although I totally agree with the protest!), but I tried to give my protest a bit more of a catholic flavour…

    And YES, I nearly destroyed my blog when doing it :(

    best regards from Berlin, Martin

  • enness

    Marc, you do not need to delete all your pictures. Commentary is protected by the Fair Use doctrine of U.S. copyright law.

    But if you’re really worried…ASK permission.