Are Ant-Piracy bills like SOPA and ACTA necessary for the protection if intellectual property or violations of freedom of speech and expression?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 18, 2012: Everything Went Dark

     In "No SOPA blackout? We know who you are," Mark Gibbs argues that in order to produce a crushing blow to the SOPA and PIPA legislations, all major Internet sites must go dark at once, not just some. He shows that even though some major sites, like WIkipedia and Reddit, went dark, the major sites like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and AOL did not go dark, which hurt the protest. Also, Gibbs suggests that merely making a banner to go across the top of the site or blacking-out the name of the site do not provide enough power to sway a person to speak out against the bills. Finally, he shows how the lack of full blackout from major sites like Google and Facebook allowed enough controversy for the ally of SOPA, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to argue that the blackouts were a publicity stunt and a means of attracting more users and cash flow.

     "No SOPA blackout? We know who you are." Network World 20 Jan. 2012: 44. Gale Power

Search. Web. 25 Jan. 2012.

     Gibbs is obviously against SOPA and PIPA. He calls for more protest against the bills than what has been given. I agree with him that more protest is needed, like another blackout date with more sites going dark. However, I believe sites like Google should keep most of their content up and running. Search engines like Google are used too much in everyday life to go down for a day. They are also used for emergencies, so they should not shut down their features that help in those situations. However, to put SOPA and PIPA down for good, there needs to be more protesting and a larger single event.


  1. Good job getting your post done on schedule! I'm glad you are researching this topic.

  2. Matt, this posting made me think about the major changes that may be forthcoming in the future concerning the internet. When I attended the Shelton School Ethics Symposium yesterday, we discussed the concept that the internet may not be free for us in the future. You may want to touch on that idea in a future post? It could create an interesting point. I agree with your notion that there should be a larger protest date in the future. I don't know if you knew this but some social sites such as Tumblr and I think Twitter asked their users if they wanted to "black out" their site for the day as a protest of these acts. Very interesting posting and I look forward to future posts!

    -Nicole Holzer

  3. Matt, this posting brings into question a very controversial topic of whether SOPA should be passed or not. When I read your posting it immediately hit me that all the internet searching which has made life so easy may not be accessible in the near future. I further more agree that in order to protest their should be a universal "blackout" date with more participation. I understand that you have said you agree with more "blackouts" but I would mention personal reasons why the SOPA bill should be protested. Bringing A more definitive position of where you stand would be helpful to the reader in understanding which side you lean towards. This is a good topic, and well researched posting. Good job and look forward to some of these ideas in your future postings.
    -Kai Assoun

  4. This is an extremely interesting topic. The facts that you use are very helpful to your topic, like using Mr. Gibbs as a source. Also who is Mark Gibbs, I do not see any explanations of him in this post. I am sorry if you described him in another post. Overall a very interesting piece and great details.

  5. Hey Matt Where is the second posting?