SOPA & PIPA Website Blackout
It was Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. The date of the largest online protest in the history of USA. The internet was not like it has used to be. Thousands of websites have either went completely offline or have altered their webpages to pay attention to SOPA and PIPA blackout. This protest is against badly drafted USA anti piracy legislations SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). These two acts are aimed towards stopping piracy on the internet. Although this intention is obviously good, the suggested methods implied censoring internet content in order to protect copyrights. But it is a huge treat to the open, free and secure internet. Even the biggest websites such as Google, Yahoo, Amazon, Wikipedia and a lot more would barely or even wouldn't meet the suggested copyright criteria so they have united in the biggest online protest - SOPA and PIPA Blackout. The voting for or against legislation of PIPA is set to be on the 24th of January.
SOPA and PIPA forces webpages to actively monitor every site they link to and make sure it doesn't lead to copy protected materials. Any link could make user generated content websites to go offline for investigation. This way users all over the world would lose access to big websites such as Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Cheezburger, The Oatmeal and others. There are very few non American websites that could be even close to substituting such sites.
With SOPA and PIPA the world of the internet would be completely different. There might be loads of missing lolcats (well, and some pedobears too) and you couldn't count that the information you needed for the essay for your ancient Greek love poetry classes would still be there because you know, maybe the site was shut down because of the copyright issues. Imagine, any site could be blocked any time just for one infringing link. Boing Boing website even said this would unmake the web. What strong words. It would be like undoing the content, reversing progress of free speech. The SOPA and PIPA blackout means exactly that - disappearing of the major part of web content.