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SOPA blackout: Who’s gone dark to protest anti-piracy bills? [Updated]

Wired

Wednesday, Jan. 18: the day of the SOPA "blackout" protest. As you may have seen from our coverage, major names in the online world such as Google, Wikipedia, Mozilla and Reddit are censoring their own websites with black bars and blacked-out pages in protest of SOPA and PIPA, two online anti-piracy bills currently under consideration on Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers who support the bills say the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act will protect the intellectual property rights of music, movie and TV studios. But the websites and tech giants taking part in the Wednesday blackout argue that SOPA and PIPA would allow for a censoring of the Internet that would forever alter the Web and what we can do, say and publish online.

And it's not just Silicon Valley that's protesting SOPA and PIPA in the day-long blackout -- a few publications that cover the tech world are taking part as well, including Wired and ArsTechnica.

Here's a list of more than 30 websites (and screen shots of each) we've spotted that are protesting today in the form of full-on blackouts or even just making their anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA stances known publicly. If there are a few we've missed, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Wikipedia.org

Wikipedia's English website

Google.com

Google.com

Craigslist.org

Craigslist- inland empire classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

Mozilla Firefox's start page

Mozilla Firefox Start Page

BoingBoing.net

Boingboing

Reddit.com

Reddit

ArsTechnica.com

ArsTechnica

Wired.com

Wired

TheVerge.com

TheVerge

OReilly.com

O'Reilly Media - Stop SOPA

TechCrunch.com

TechCrunch

MoveOn.org

MoveOn.org- CENSORED

WordPress.com

WordPress

Xkcd.com

XkcdSOPA

Fark.com

Fark

4Chan.com

4chanSports

GigaOm.com

GigaOM

FunnyOrDie.com

Funny or Die - Funny Videos, Funny Pictures, and Funny Jokes

PerezHilton.com

Celebrity gossip juicy celebrity rumors Hollywood gossip blog from Perez Hilton

GoDaddy.com

Go Daddy & Many Other Internet Leaders Oppose SOPA & PIPA - Go Daddy Blog - Go Daddy Support

KnowYourMeme.com

Internet Meme Database - Know Your Meme

Imgur.com

Imgur

BoardgameGeek.com

BoardGameGeek

Newgrounds.com

Newgrounds.com

UrbanSpoon.com

Los Angeles Restaurants - Urbanspoon

DemocraticUnderground.com

Democratic Underground Is Offline To Protest SOPA And PIPA. Stop The Internet Blacklist Legislation!

JoinDiaspora.comStrike Against SOPA & PIPA

Heritage.org

HeritageFoundation

GameBreaker.tv

Gamebreakerdottv

Pocho.com

Pocho

RateYourMusic.com

Rateyourmusic

SparkFun.com

SparkFunElectronics

DayTrader.com

DayTrader

TextsFromLastNight.com

Texts From Last Night

[Updated 12:29 p.m.: GigaOm.com is also against SOPA and PIPA, and on Wednesday the news site let that stance be known.]

[Updated 2:49 p.m.: Added the Jan. 18 anti-SOPA and PIPA protests on FunnyOrDie.com, PerezHilton.com, GoDaddy.com, KnowYourMeme.com, Imgur.com, BoardgameGeek.com, Newgrounds.com, UrbanSpoon.com, DemocraticUnderground.com and JoinDiaspora.com.]

[Updated 3:15 p.m.: Added the anti-SOPA and PIPA Jan. 18 stances seen on Heritage.org, GameBreaker.tv, Pocho.com, RateYourMusic.com and SparkFun.com.]

[Updated 4:51 p.m.: Added DayTrader.com's blacked-out Jan. 18 homepage.]

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Nathan Olivarez-Giles on Google+

Twitter.com/nateog

Images: Screenshots (made using the Mac app LittleSnapper) of websites taking part in the Jan. 18, 2011 protests against SOPA and PIPA by either blacking out their websites, or publishing statements condemning the controversial anti-piracy bills.

 
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