Reddit plans blackout to protest SOPA; other websites may follow Update: White House to oppose SOPA?

posted at 3:30 pm on January 14, 2012 by Tina Korbe

For whatever reason, this excites me. You know the original title for Atlas Shrugged was “The Strike,” right? Just let major Internet websites shut down to prove a point — and surely legislators will rethink the Stop Online Piracy Act. Then again, I’m not sure how I’d get through even one day without Google, one of the sites reportedly mulling participation in Reddit’s recently scheduled blackout:

It’s on — at least partially: Reddit has announced that it will go dark for 12 hours to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has said that he hopes to coordinate with the site so that Wikipedia does the same. Will other sites join in? Should we prepare for the Great Internet Strike of 2012?

Writing that it’s “not taking this action lightly,” Reddit announced on Tuesday that it will black out its site on Jan. 18 for 12 hours, starting at 8 a.m. E.T. During that period, the site’s content will be replaced with “a simple message about how the PIPA/SOPA legislation would shut down sites like reddit, link to resources to learn more, and suggest ways to take action.” The company will also run a live video stream of that day’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Internet security, intellectual property and economic growth.

On the site’s blog, the Reddit team admitted that “we’re as addicted to reddit as the rest of you,” but also explained that “we wouldn’t do this if we didn’t believe this legislation and the forces behind it were a serious threat to reddit and the Internet as we know it. Blacking out reddit is a hard choice, but we feel focusing on a day of action is the best way we can amplify the voice of the community.” The company says support for a blackout isn’t unanimous among the Reddit community, and it is asking for input as it decides what to do next.

From the sounds of it, Google, Twitter and Facebook won’t join in — their consideration seems to be more of the polite than the serious variety — but Wikipedia might really be on board. We shall see.

In the meantime, as a reminder, the Stop Online Piracy Act would enable the U.S. government to block Internet content for very specious reasons. Sites that “enable or facilitate” copyright infringement could be shut down just for that enabling or facilitating function. In other words, a site like YouTube could be shut down just because one of its users posted content that infringes copyright laws. As critics have pointed out, that’s akin to punishing a car company because a car user crashed his vehicle into another person’s vehicle.

Update I: I’m not quite sure what to do with this. It’s a new sensation to find myself on the same side of an issue as the president. Nevertheless, it looks to be the case:

In an unusually blunt statement, Obama administration officials signaled that the White House would not support parts of two bills wending their way through Congress — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that critics say would limit freedom of speech on the Internet and unfairly punish legitimate websites.

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet,” said a statement from Victoria Espinel, intellectual property enforcement coordinator; Aneesh Chopra, U.S. chief technology officer; and Howard Schmidt, cybersecurity coordinator for the national security staff.

The statement is a setback for the major Hollywood studios and unions that have been mounting a lobbying campaign in support of the bills, which would give the Justice Department more tools to shut down foreign websites involved in the piracy of movies and TV shows.  Google, Facebook and other tech companies, however, have been fiercely opposed to the bills, particularly provisions that would allow the Justice Department to obtain court orders requiring internet search engines and payment processors to block access to websites involved in piracy.

Indeed, the SOPA debate has been notable for its ability to make strange bedfellows. When was the last time The Heritage Foundation and the Obama administration actually agreed about something?

Update II: To clarify, it’s not like the White House promised to veto or anything. Instead, the administration has said it will “not support parts of” SOPA and PIPA, which, technically, is not quite the same as “opposing” the bills. It could be the White House just wants to stay out of a fight that pits liberals (Hollywood, etc.) against liberals (Google, etc.). Nevertheless, it’s still helpful that the president doesn’t want to push very hard for SOPA and PIPA — because you can bet opponents will continue to push against them.


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more need to follow, yes

Drunk Report on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

SOPA is second only to the Patriot Act in violating Americans’ protections and liberties under the Bill of Rights. It, too, is a disgrace to America and every member of CONgress that supports it (or the Patriot Act) should be put in prison (or subject to death) for high treason.

TeaPartyNation on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Thanks for posting about this, Tina. This disastrous bill is not getting the coverage it deserves. We need to stop SOPA before it stops us.

limitedgovt on January 14, 2012 at 3:34 PM

If Reddit goes dark, will anyone notice?

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

One word, Tina: Scroogle.org

VibrioCocci on January 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I don’t see why google would join in a “blackout.” Wikipedia and Reddit have an obvious stake in stopping SOPA since they’re so heavily based on user-generated content, but I don’t see how google would be affected if this passes.

Mr. Prodigy on January 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

What’s a Reddit?

HotAirian on January 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Make all Internet social media and search go dark for a day. I’d support that.

The Rogue Tomato on January 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

SOPA is second only to the Patriot Act in violating Americans’ protections and liberties under the Bill of Rights. It, too, is a disgrace to America and every member of CONgress that supports it (or the Patriot Act) should be put in prison (or subject to death) for high treason

TeaPartyNation on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

A tad extreme, don’t you think?

BlaxPac on January 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

It basically comes down to the fact that we have laws and procedures in place against copyright infringement on US soil (ie: YouTube pulls videos if they get reported as in violation of a copyright.) We can no more control what a website outside of the US does than we can control knock-off designer purses being made in China.
I don’t think the government even thinks that they can ever stop this. However, they are certainly requesting a lot of power to make a huge effort to monitor the internet… Truthfully, I don’t really see any pro’s in this or any internet censorship laws

Timin203 on January 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

If you want to put a stop to this sort of thing vote for Ron Paul.

FloatingRock on January 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Oh no, not Reddit. How will the internet survive without an online circle-jerk run by high school drop outs and college-somethings (who are going to vote for Obama, SOPA or not).

Jeddite on January 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

No, not a mere 12 hours – do a whole day. Or weekend. That’d get some attention. And do it all at the same exact time – bring the house down!

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The only way to stop authoritarians from stealing your liberty is to stop voting for them so that they won’t have the power to enforce their will.

FloatingRock on January 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

SOPA is second only to the Patriot Act in violating Americans’ protections and liberties under the Bill of Rights. It, too, is a disgrace to America and every member of CONgress that supports it (or the Patriot Act) should be put in prison (or subject to death) for high treason

TeaPartyNation on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

A tad extreme, don’t you think?

BlaxPac on January 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater.

Egfrow on January 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

TINA KORBE, ALLAHPUNDIT & ED MORRISSEY

Will HotAir be joining? Not that this site has nearly the traffic as Reddit, but I think the more sites that join in, the better. Has it even been considered yet?

Glenn Jericho on January 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Or they could just vote for and support Ron Paul’s policies.

fatlibertarianinokc on January 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

every member of CONgress that supports it (or the Patriot Act) should be put in prison (or subject to death) for high treason.

TeaPartyNation on January 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

What about the online pirates.? While you say you’d carry out a
(blood-drenched)vendetta against congress for supporting SOPA, they go free to do their illegal activities, right?

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

…I’m not sure how I’d get through even one day without Google…

Go for a walk, spend time with loved one’s, read a real book, create something.

cozmo on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Tina speaks about Reddit like it’s some kind of household name (I Googled it and I still don’t know).

Perhaps this post would have a little more punch if it was first explained WTF Reddit even is (since it was mentioned like ten times in the article).

pain train on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Mr. Prodigy,

If passed, SOPA would require Google and any other search engine to remove any allegedly infringing website from their index. And as Tina said, “a site like YouTube [which Google owns] could be shut down just because one of its users posted content that infringes copyright laws.”

It truly is a nasty piece of legislation and needs to be blocked. Kudos to Reddit and Wikipedia if they do this.

Costa on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Egfrow on January 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Said a landslide-sized loser in 1964.

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

A tad extreme, don’t you think?

BlaxPac on January 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Fan of government overreach,are you?

SagebrushPuppet on January 14, 2012 at 3:54 PM

What about the online pirates.? While you say you’d carry out a
(blood-drenched)vendetta against congress for supporting SOPA, they go free to do their illegal activities, right?

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

There are already laws in place to deal with online pirates. We don’t need more loony government bureaucracy!

SagebrushPuppet on January 14, 2012 at 3:57 PM

SOPA needs to die. I was not surprised to see it was Lamar Smith (R-TX) that introduced it, I’ve never seen a piece by him that didn’t try screwing over the public.

mythicknight on January 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Tina speaks about Reddit like it’s some kind of household name (I Googled it and I still don’t know).

Perhaps this post would have a little more punch if it was first explained WTF Reddit even is (since it was mentioned like ten times in the article).

pain train on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I just did the same, still not sure what it is either, but then again I’m not as cool as I used to be…

ccrosby on January 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I don’t see why google would join in a “blackout.” Wikipedia and Reddit have an obvious stake in stopping SOPA since they’re so heavily based on user-generated content, but I don’t see how google would be affected if this passes.

Mr. Prodigy on January 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Google would be affected big time, they are so much more than their search engine any more. The site most often cited as the one most endangered by SOPA, YouTube, has been owned by Google since 2006.

PerceptorII on January 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Since Congressmen and Senators no longer read let alone write legislation, maybe we should just boycott the people that wrote SOPA; i.e., record labels and Hollywood studios.

How about no one goes to a movie month, or no one sell Alec Baldwin any liquor month?

MessesWithTexas on January 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

As an active redditor for almost 4 years and a mod at two popular subreddits, I’m still not convinced this blackout will accomplish anything. I do know that SOPA is terrible legislation. Can’t even blame this one on the liberals…It has bipartisan support and bipartisan opposition.

I believe I saw something on reddit saying only one sub would be line on the 18th but I could be mistaken. It’s just hard to believe the govt is actually considering this legislation. I’m all about protecting copyrights, but no need to shut down most of the net to do it. Try harder to protect your intellectual property rather than blame someone else for posting it.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

As critics have pointed out, that’s akin to punishing a car company because a car user crashed his vehicle into another person’s vehicle.

Recall when it was fashionable to take a gun manufacture to court because his product was misused by some individual? The critics then were telling me that litigation was “a fight for the greater good”. We would all be safer. I cried that the litigaton was not only wrong, but a segue toward the slippery slope … and here we are.

AZ_Redneck on January 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Who wants SOPA? Hollywood and the music industry. Who doesn’t want SOPA? Everyone else. The fact we have to have a discussion about this POS legislation is ridiculous.

bictech on January 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM

It’s just hard to believe the govt is actually considering this legislation

No. It’s not.

Gee whiz, they legislated away incadescent bulbs and 5 gal per flush toilets. SOPA is just a line of legislation gaining strength.

AZ_Redneck on January 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Until Facebook joins in, 96% of the public won’t even notice.

mattshu on January 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

You are taking away my Lady Gaga? That’s it, I am not going to the Dance Party!!!

galtani on January 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Please be aware that Napolitano, via General Dynamics, is monitoring us.

Anyone who does, spontaneously explode, you fools.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

The documents (below) disclose that the federal government paid at least $1.16 million to private contractor General Dynamics to monitor social networks, blogs, and news media sites for “public reaction to major governmental proposals with homeland security implications.” That’s government bureaucratic-speak for public dissent.

The legal implications of U.S. social networking surveillance programs tracking dissent of its own citizens, even with open source tools, are deeply disturbing.

Schadenfreude on January 14, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Gee whiz, they legislated away incadescent bulbs and 5 gal per flush toilets. SOPA is just a line of legislation gaining strength.

AZ_Redneck on January 14, 2012 at 4:16 PM

I stand corrected…

I forgot what year it was, but in the past wasn’t there talk of govt. taxation of internet purchases? Congress ultimately voted to continue a “hands off” policy to let the ‘net grow. Guess it’s time for the govt to jump in and screw the whole thing up as usual.

This goes back to Napster as well…the record companies along with bands like Metallica sued and won, setting precedent of hosting sites as responsible for user-uploaded content.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM

….but then again I’m not as cool as I used to be…

ccrosby on January 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I never was cool, so I’m still operating at the same level!

TugboatPhil on January 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

As critics have pointed out, that’s akin to punishing a car company because a car user crashed his vehicle into another person’s vehicle. carried around some bootleg CDs

pedestrian on January 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Until Facebook joins in, 96% of the public won’t even notice.

Nail. On. Head.

AZ_Redneck on January 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

All of your Intertubes are belonging to us.

————————————-Big Brother Uncle Jugears

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Until Facebook joins in, 96% of the public won’t even notice.

Nail. On. Head.

AZ_Redneck on January 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Y’all underestimate the scope of reddit.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

SOPA is not really about “piracy”. It’s more evil than that. Another way to get control of the Internet. The FCC and Google’s support of Net Neutrality all one and the same. There is a rumor now of everyone having an Internet ID; how’s that for privacy?

Here is a link that explains the blackout:

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/seo/hate-sopa-and-want-to-join-the-jan-18-blackout-theres-a-wordpress-plugin-for-that/4490?tag=content;selector-blogs

I know some don’t care for Redstate, but they have been following N.N./FCC and who is behind it for quite sometime. The articles are “Tech at Night”.

Keep in mind anything coming from the left always has a red herring (anti-piracy) and Net Neutrality is not Neutral and “Free Press” is not Free Press.

http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens/2012/01/14/tech-at-night-sopa-and-protect-ip-in-yet-more-trouble-we-need-to-constrain-the-fcc/

Google would never join the protest/black out Tina. They are the problem.
Google & Facebook are big Administration supporters.

bluefox on January 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Reddit is a cesspool of left wing circle jerks. It has a population of high school dropouts and stoner. All of them Obama voters.

Vegi on January 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

janine huntsman campaign also mulling going dark. for a more extended period.

t8stlikchkn on January 14, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The real goal of SOPA is to shut down criticism of the government. Fair Use will be out the window and you will be guilty until prove innocent.

Anybody remember how Obama wanted to copyright his campaign logo/name thing right after the election?
Oh, and have you heard about the kid in the UK who is being extradited to the US for copyright violations.. even though he broke no laws from the UK? It was in yesterday’s Daily Mail. As one commenter on the Daily Mail wrote… it is akin to extraditing women to Iran from the UK for violating Iranian dress laws.

The goal is to shut down all dissent, all criticism, free expression and the free flow of information. They are working towards one news source and one form of media and one form of entertainment. Your government approved and run media. Your government approved media and your government approved entertainment.

I seem to remember a few years ago how the Saudis wanted to put some guy on trial in the UK for writing a book that they considered a copyright violation or something like that. I can’t remember the details. But the author was nearly extradited, but eventually won the case. It was crazy, but at that time the push was coming from Islamists in the Middle East. Now, it’s coming from DC.

JellyToast on January 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I am pretty sure that Google, like our present leadership, are One-Worlders.

All hail the U.N. and Skynet/

The bigwigs in Brussels must be dancing a jig.

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

TINA KORBE, ALLAHPUNDIT & ED MORRISSEY

Will HotAir be joining? Not that this site has nearly the traffic as Reddit, but I think the more sites that join in, the better. Has it even been considered yet?

Glenn Jericho on January 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

word on the street is no. but HotGas considering.

t8stlikchkn on January 14, 2012 at 5:13 PM

I am pretty sure that Google, like our present leadership, are One-Worlders.

All hail the U.N. and Skynet/

The bigwigs in Brussels must be dancing a jig.

hillbillyjim on January 14, 2012 at 5:12 PM

i am planning on becoming UN-self-aware; in protest.

t8stlikchkn on January 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Reddit is a cesspool of left wing circle jerks. It has a population of high school dropouts and stoner. All of them Obama voters.

Vegi on January 14, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Although reddit has more liberals than conservatives, and more atheists than the religious, it certainly does not mean that conservatives do exist there in large numbers.

I support a charitable site where I and many others give out pizzas randomly to redditors who ask that I’ve been active in, and has been covered by ABC News and others, you can see it HERE, and I moderate /r/religion as well

And I do fight the good fight with the libs.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Will HotAir be joining? Not that this site has nearly the traffic as Reddit, but I think the more sites that join in, the better. Has it even been considered yet?

Glenn Jericho on January 14, 2012 at 3:50 PM

They don’t need to go black, just have something prominent where people can learn, and then go on about their business.

That’s how democracy should work. No need for any of this extortion crap that left-wingers are into.

pedestrian on January 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Stay on guard SOPA is so bad, they want you to want PIPA. Tell them no on both.

canditaylor68 on January 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM

JellyToast on January 14, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Thanks for explaining it better. The first time I heard about so called Net Neutrality was about 2 years ago and it raised a red flag to me. There is not much good that comes from D.C. and this is as you say, to shut down any dissent.

Freedom is being attacked, more now than ever.

bluefox on January 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Hiya — Sorry I failed to explain what Reddit is. Now that I think about it, everybody I know who uses it *is* my age and significantly to the left of me on the political spectrum. It’s a social news-sharing site. Imagine if the most-liked news links in your Facebook feed were always at the top of your feed and the least-liked news links in your Facebook feed were always at the bottom. That’s Reddit … kind of.

Regarding Google: Search engines have a stake in SOPA, too, because the legislation would ask them to alter search results to decrease access to infringing sites. That essentially requires search engines to do the dirty work of censorship for the government and undermines the credibility of the search engine.

Tina Korbe on January 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

If Reddit goes dark, will anyone notice?

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Perzactly. Until Tina’s post about it here at HA, I’d never heard of Reddit.

Then again, I avoid all of the “social” websites like the plague these days, having been burned way back in the early days of Internet chatrooms. Managed to attract a nasty stalker, who still just can’t let it go. Been thinking it’s time to get a new moniker again, too.

There are just way too many clueless idjiots online these days, making it harder and harder to engage in respectful civil discourse about even the most innocuous topics.

KendraWilder on January 14, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Tyranny’s a-knocking. He’s at the door.

squint on January 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Reddit (stylized as reddit; pronounced /ˈrɛdɪt/)[3] is a social news website where the registered users submit content, in the form of either a link or a text “self” post. Other users then vote the submission “up” or “down,” which is used to rank the post and determine its position on the site’s pages and front page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit

Reddit is known for its various site-wide charity campaigns which have included…(listed under Culture on the wiki site)

Reddit is not the issue here. SOPA is.

bluefox on January 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Unbelievable. We’ve got Santorum on the right supporting this crap and Obama on the left opposing it?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I don’t see why google would join in a “blackout.” Wikipedia and Reddit have an obvious stake in stopping SOPA since they’re so heavily based on user-generated content, but I don’t see how google would be affected if this passes.

Mr. Prodigy on January 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

First they came for the….. well, you know, and we know how that turned out.

Faith on January 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Hmmm. If Obama’s not in favor of it …

Second look at SOPA?

SagebrushPuppet on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Tina speaks about Reddit like it’s some kind of household name (I Googled it and I still don’t know).

Perhaps this post would have a little more punch if it was first explained WTF Reddit even is (since it was mentioned like ten times in the article).

pain train on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I had to look it up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reddit

http://www.reddit.com/

Looks sophomoric to me.

I don’t understand how they make any money, but then I don’t understand how this site does, either. Do a few ads really pay for all that server time?

MrLynn on January 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Hmmm. If Obama’s not in favor of it …

Second look at SOPA?

SagebrushPuppet on January 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Watch the other hand.

squint on January 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM

And somebody tell me again how this SOPA was passed in the House, controlled by the GOP?

WTF?

KirknBurker on January 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Unbelievable. We’ve got Santorum on the right supporting this crap and Obama on the left opposing it?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

And it is why Santorum, although a socon, cannot unite with fiscons and libertarians enough to provide any credible role as the anti-Romney.

His view on gun rights are more to the left too. It’s why in the end I had to vote for Gingrich in the Iowa Caucus. All the candidates suck big time.

KirknBurker on January 14, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Unbelievable. We’ve got Santorum on the right supporting this crap and Obama on the left opposing it?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Santorum is wrong and needs to educate himself before opining. I don’t believe B.O. on anything.

A.G. Read that Cnet site I linked to upthread. It has a ton of info. Tells who is for it(usual suspects) and those against it. The article contains many active links for further info. One of the best I’ve seen.

Going out for coffee:-) Thot I’d toss that in since I haven’t seen alt:-)

bluefox on January 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM

What about the online pirates.? While you say you’d carry out a
(blood-drenched)vendetta against congress for supporting SOPA, they go free to do their illegal activities, right?

The Nerve on January 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The worst aspect of SOPA in my opinion is the premise that somehow you can completely shut down piracy. The truth is you will never shut it down completely. You can minimize it by making paying for data more attractive than pirating it, but there will always be a certain segment of humanity that won’t pay a single penny for anything they can get for free. That’s just a fact of life, and the worst way to deal with it is by placing even more restrictions on how data may be transferred. In the end, SOPA will be counterproductive as more people who would not otherwise be considered data pirates will push back.

gryphon202 on January 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

the administration has said it will “not support parts of” SOPA and PIPA, which, technically, is not quite the same as “opposing” the bills.

I’ve always felt the need to read between the lines with Obama too. He has turned lying by omission into an art form.

lynncgb on January 14, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Do a few ads really pay for all that server time?

MrLynn on January 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Ads, and a good lot of peeps who purchase reddit “gold membership”…I have it. Reddit has seen a major surge in traffic especially the last year. I’m sure a lot of that increase was due to Digg 4.0 which ushered in changes that…well, sucked. It was pretty much the nail in the coffin of Digg.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM

And somebody tell me again how this SOPA was passed in the House, controlled by the GOP?

WTF?

KirknBurker on January 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

That’s a moot point…SOPA is supported and opposed by members of both parties.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 6:53 PM

The “peeps” at Reddit are so liberal, jetBoy. How can you stand it?

McDuck on January 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The “peeps” at Reddit are so liberal, jetBoy. How can you stand it?

McDuck on January 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sure, conservatives are outnumbered by libs. But like I said, there’s still a good number of righties. I love talking politics, and simply fight the good fight. I send out a lot of pizza to strangers at RAoP, that’s fun. And when you’re in and around NYC conservatives are way outnumbered by liberals anyway…I’m just used to it :)

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

The “peeps” at Reddit are so liberal, jetBoy. How can you stand it?

McDuck on January 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The same way that professional bloggers like Ed, Tina, and AP stand doing all that opposition research. Liberal viewpoints don’t necessarily have to be toxic if you’ve been inoculated to them. ;-)

gryphon202 on January 14, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Instead of inconveniencing us, how about just blocking the .gov domains for a day?

PersonFromPorlock on January 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I am very glad to see the administration say they are against these bills, though they did not say they will Veto them.

I really do worry that Congress is going to change SOPA/PIPA into something new and then Obama will sign off on it thinking the public wont realize the difference.

This was also a well calculated political move by the administration. The loss of support from Big Music and MPAA is nothing compared to the gained support from college-age voters this will get him.
This will help Obama shore up the college-age voters because of how unpopular this bill is with that demographic. Facebook has been full of people my age doing nothing but hate on SOPA/PIPA and I have never seen so many people my age email our representatives. Fence sitters, or people who don’t usually pay attention to politics, will be swayed by this move to support him in 2012.

Blu3Yeti on January 14, 2012 at 8:21 PM

BLACKout? That’s RAAAAAACIST!

Doug Piranha on January 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

SOPA shelved until ‘consensus’ is found

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/204167-sopa-shelved-until-consensus-is-found

kakypat on January 14, 2012 at 10:38 PM

If Reddit goes dark, will anyone notice?

Pork-Chop on January 14, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Y’all underestimate the scope of reddit.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 5:04 PM

When I said wanted to find out more on SOPA, I got chapter & verse from my 17YO & 19YO. They got it from reddit and they are both millitantly fired up against SOPA. My 17YO commenting that she will be able to vote against anyone she can who was for it s she turns 18 before the next election. reddit certainly has an impact on them and it being dark all day will definitely be noticed.

roy_batty on January 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM

Øbama votes ‘present’ on SOPA/PIPA. At least until after the election.

petefrt on January 15, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Although reddit has more liberals than conservatives, and more atheists than the religious, it certainly does not mean that conservatives do exist there in large numbers.

I support a charitable site where I and many others give out pizzas randomly to redditors who ask that I’ve been active in, and has been covered by ABC News and others, you can see it HERE, and I moderate /r/religion as well

And I do fight the good fight with the libs.

JetBoy on January 14, 2012 at 5:16 PM

So….reddit isn’t a liberal cesspool because…you give people pizza? What does that have to do with anything? And /r/religion? Everything I’ve seen about that is just non stop religion bashing. People there aren’t interested in fighting, they just downvote anyone who disagrees with them to oblivion. The whole site is built to be a circlejerk.

Vegi on January 15, 2012 at 2:17 AM

There is a rumor now of everyone having an Internet ID; how’s that for privacy?

bluefox on January 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

You already *have* an “internet ID”, bluefox. It’s called an IP address. Even if you’re a hacker who hides it or you own your own ISP. If you want information to come to *your* computer, you have to give out an address. It’s sort of like filling out those sweepstakes cards in a store – if you want to win, you have to give them an actual address where they can mail your notification.

Yes, you can change your IP address every time you get on the internet or whenever you finish a task, etc. But, the ISP (and downstream servers) have a record of the last IP, and a record of the new IP – they have to, or you couldn’t get your Reddit page to load.

If your information is on the internet, by definition it isn’t private.

GWB on January 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Truthfully, I don’t really see any pro’s in this or any internet censorship laws

You would if you were a power hungry dictator trying to control the free press.

RichardG on January 15, 2012 at 8:01 AM

January 16, 2012 UPDATE:

In protest of SOPA, Wikipedia along with other internet giants Reddit, WordPress and Mozilla will participate in a 24 hour “web blackout” this Wednesday. CBS News Reports:

http://www.therightscoop.com/wikipedia-to-shut-down-for-24-hours-wednesday-in-protest-of-sopa/

bluefox on January 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM

We can no more control what a website outside of the US does than we can control knock-off designer purses being made in China.
~Timin203 on January 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Actually the real designer purses are being made in China, then some of them “fall off the truck” when they ship back to the designer for distribution and end up on a New York city street corner for a fraction of the price.

There is only one way to combat piracy. . . it’s to make your product cheap enough that people will actually pay for it.

cmsciulli on January 17, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Wow,

Now high school students around the world will actually have to do some research for their papers instead of the usual copy/paste from Wikipedia.

They might actually have an opportunity to learn something.

ProfShadow on January 18, 2012 at 8:25 AM