January 18, 2012 | By Julie Samuels and Mitch Stoltz

The Internet at its Best

Today, we watch in awe as the Internet rallies to fight dangerous blacklist legislation, the PROTECT-IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House. The originality, creativity, and magnitude of action we’re seeing represents exactly what these bills would harm most: the value of a vibrant and open Internet that fosters these activities.

As the day goes on, we will continue to update you on Twitter (@EFF) and in this space. In the meantime, here are some of today’s #SOPAblackout highlights. Thank these organizations for their participation and go here to make your voice heard!

Wikipedia

McSweeney's

Google

Craigslist

Wired

Reddit

Zynga

The Raw Story

Minecraft

Metafilter

Internet Archive

Imgur

Fark

Center for Democracy and Technology

Alternet

Even the Motion Picture Association of America, a major supporter of the bills, was forced to acknowledge the impact of today's
protest, criticizing websites for going dark for a day when "people rely on them for information."  If a day without these websites is "irresponsible," as the MPAA says, how much more irresponsible is giving the Justice Department, or the MPAA itself, the power to shut them down, or cut off their funding, without notice?

The MPAA's statement ended with a cry for help to "the White House and the Congress" to stop today's protests.  But after today, when Internet users emerged as a political force, uniting across party lines against a real threat to the world's most democratic communications medium, our government may not be so quick to jump at MPAA's call.


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