Popular Websites Considering Blackout to Protest SOPA

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Stop SOPAGoogle, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and AOL are considering shutting down in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart act, Protect IP Act (PIPA).

“There have been some serious discussions about that,” Markham Erickson, head of the NetCoalition trade association told CNET. “It has never happened before.”

NetCoalition represents companies such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Ebay and Wikipedia and was founded, in part, to stop the passage of SOPA and PIPA.

The controversial bill has seemingly pitted the entertainment industry giants (including Disney and Viacom) against the internet industry. Protests by internet users has been widespread, including a campaign against GoDaddy.com, which resulted in the website registrar publicly flip-flopping on their support.

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