What the SOPA blackout really looks like

Wikipedia and some other large websites are “blacking out” Wednesday to protest legislation that would limit online freedom in an effort to protect copyright interests. (Learn more about that legislation in our guide to what journalists need to know about SOPA and PIPA.) Here’s how some of those protesting sites look this morning. || Related: How to access Wikipedia Wednesday (and other workarounds) | Wikipedia substitutes trend worldwide on Twitter

Google has blacked out its logo and links to an “End Piracy, Not Liberty” page that allows users to learn more and contact Congress.

The English version of Wikipedia has a new home page today, which explains why it is blacked out and links to an article about SOPA and PIPA. Wiki addicts can access the mobile version of the site.
WordPress.org has made it easy to write or call Congress in protest, with information on its home page today.
WordPress.com is also protesting with a “censored” message in place of featured blogs.
Craigslist has replaced its landing page with a message about SOPA, flagged with red, white and blue stars. The site remains accessible.
Just after 8 a.m. eastern, Mozilla blacked out its homepage. The new message includes links to statements by Mozilla’s Chairwoman and CEO, along with a call to action.
Reddit’s replacement homepage, which went live around 8:15 a.m. eastern, encourages readers to learn about the legislation.
Boing Boing is offline today, because the US Senate is considering legislation that would certainly kill us forever.”
Once the library science school, Syracuse’s Information Studies program is now digitally forward and it has blacked out its iSchool page.
The Tao of Pooh is redirecting to this SOPA strike page, as are other sites.
Wired has blacked out headlines on its homepage, even though, it says, “SOPA and PIPA, the bills in question, are in tactical retreat as this story goes live, but it is almost certain their backers are already planning the next round, in a process that will continue in one form or another ad infinitum.”
The Huffington Post blacked out its top story, which is about the SOPA blackout (via Jim Roberts).
Game server RedstoneHost has replaced its homepage with a message but no links to take action.
Icanhascheezburger.com introduced a popup over its site Wednesday morning, which links to information about the legislation, including burger icons that show how many votes the bills currently have.
BuzzFeed adds itself to the list of blacked-out protests. Editor-in-chief Ben Smith explains why: “We’re in favor of free people and free information, against private or state-sponsored discrimination or censorship.”
The Oatmeal’s homepage has one of the most creative messages of the day; Watch the animated gif (with pirated images) on why SOPA should be stopped.

Some sites — like Twitpic — have simply blacked out their nameplate banner this morning. Flickr did not change its homepage, but it is letting users black out their photos. Facebook and Twitter are not participating.

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  • Rich Brooks


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YX4GZUE52VAPDUXWKZAST6EIW4 Tammy

    Need to stand united on this, march in streets in needed on every main avenue….talking about every meaning within constitution, what our ancestors fought for,  very thing makes us a free nation, censorship can not be allowed, need  to make movement, not just write to Senators…but have single day were every city marches  as one, get up get  into the game. Be true, live -Sparkles
    ‘Facebook’ would not let me send..however can find me at http://www.facebook.com/MzzSparkles feedback and new friends are always welcome.

  • Anonymous

    Scumbag Poynter: 
    Knows Reddit started the blackout

                                          Put their page 6th on the list

  • http://youronline.biz/ Jacko

    Wow its good to see everyone has the priorities in order.  Have you heard about the NDAA bill?  It is way worse and already has been signed.  Do you think any of these companies will boycott?

  • http://twitter.com/GrindstoneElite Grindstone Elite

    Nice grindstonepark.org is out too.

  • http://twitter.com/AmusingZillion Tricia Vita

    WordPress.com also built an option for its free hosted blogs to join protest with blackout page today and protest ribbon display til 1/24, Senate vote date. Here’s how it works:
    Go to Settings → Protest SOPA/PIPA in your dashboard.Select if you want to join the blackout or show a ribbon.If you choose to join the blackout, you can edit the message that will be shown on your site during the blackout.Preview what your protest will look like.Click “Save Changes” button to activate your protest.

  • http://twitter.com/DorkLight Dork Light

    i may only have a small new site but i blacked dorklight.com out

  • http://twitter.com/foodinteg FIC

    Below each photo on Flickr, there is a black box that explains the protest against the SOPA/PIPA bills.

  • Griffin Friedman

    Flickr allows individuals to black out both their own photos and the photos of other users without their permission (although those users can opt-out and prevent their photos from being blacked out). It’s actually a pretty clever demonstration of how SOPA would work.

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