SOPA PIPA Blackout Sites

Sites around the world, including Wikipedia, Google, Reddit, WordPress, Firefox and Wired, blacked out their sites or portions of their sites, in a protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act being considered in the U.S. Congress. The SOPA Strike, coordinated at sopastrike.com, was dominated by sites based in the USA, run between 8AM EST and end at 8PM EST. Wikipedia blacked out their site for 24 hours, providing a page with the heading, “Imagine a world without free knowledge”. Read on to see how other sites joined in the protest.

Wikipedia SOPA PIPA Blackout protest


Google blacked out its name on the search page. Clicking on the black box took users to information about why Google opposes SOPA.

Google SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

WordPress.org blacks out all recent posts.

Wordpress SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Wired blacks out everything except for the three words, “Why Censored Wired”, and offers an option to “uncensor this page”.

Wired SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Reddit states, “SOPA and PIPA damage Reddit. Today we fight back.”

Reddit SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Cheezburger informs visitors that the site “needs your help”.

Cheezburger SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Firefox takes an informative approach to the online strike.

Firefox SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Bit Torrent site TorrentFreak gives visitors a choice, “Save the Internet” or “Meh”.

TorrentFreak SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

IMGUR, the Simple Image Sharer, informs us that the internet is on strike.

Imgur SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

MLG (Major League Games) takes a minimist approach.

MLG SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Minecraft company Mojang says, “PIPA and SOPA? How about NOPA!”

Minecraft SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Activist movement Moveon.org invites visitors to sign the petition. “The government must not be allowed to censor the Internet at the request of powerful lobbyists. Say NO to Internet censorship.”

Moveon SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Gizmodo brings in the image of corporate bully Smithers from The Simpsons.

Gizmodo SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) called for visitors to stand up for innovation.

CEA SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Bit Torrent site Demonoid faded out content, acknowledging the impact SOPA and PIPA would have on the site.

Demonoid SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Dinosaur Comics placed a red censored notice over content.

Dinosaur Comics SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Aljadeed television broadcasting site joined in, with links to Wikipedia, Google and fightforthefuture.org/pipa.

Aljadeed SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Ars Technica designed a special banner promoting SOPA Resistance Day.

Ars Technica SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

BoingBoing produced a 503 message, inviting visitors to sign a petition.

BoingBoing SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Craiglist produced a simple message, naming corporations who were likely to benefit from the crackdown.

Craigslist SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Social game producer Zynga released images featuring Words With Friends, Hanging With Friends and Scramble, spelling out the company’s stance on SOPA.

Zynga Hanging With Friends SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

Zynga Words With Friends SOPA PIPA Blackout protest

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