Stop SOPA, help the internet.

January 11th, 2012 – 34 Comments

I’m not political in my posts normally, just like isn’t and Matt Cutts isn’t, but it’s about time we put this whole SOPA thing to a stop. Since some well respected politicians are using my plugins and carry my news widget in their dashboard, I thought it was time I used that “power” to show them what SOPA would do to the internet and our world. Watch this video:

If you’re in the US, it’s time to stop SOPA, so make your voice heard. If you’re outside, call on your US friends to do what ever is needed to stop SOPA. As bloggers united, we can make a difference, let’s make that difference. Now.

34 Responses to Stop SOPA, help the internet.

  1. Keith D Mains
    By Keith D Mains on 29 January, 2012

    We made a quality Cartoon Strip about this SOPA thing – take a look > the first cartoon spread on the page – dya like it?

    • Niall
      By Niall on 31 January, 2012

      Lol. Gotta love British humour! :-)

  2. Leetgamers
    By Leetgamers on 28 January, 2012

    well, being a anti-SOPA, I too agreed we should take a step together so that we could make a difference.

  3. Cloys Feldman
    By Cloys Feldman on 25 January, 2012

    What ever happen to the Free America….
    We need to clean house in the coming elections………….

  4. Mark
    By Mark on 24 January, 2012

    Geeezz, I really don’t like the developments over there (US).

    Anything else we over here in Europe (Iceland) can do?



  5. Bob Jones
    By Bob Jones on 19 January, 2012

    Joost, I also introduced an Anti SOPA & PIPA WP plugin last week. It’s very basic and lets you redirect all your WP visitors for a scheduled timeframe to the site where people can sign a petition.

  6. Tuffclassified
    By Tuffclassified on 18 January, 2012

    Same is happening in india. Indian government is also planning to censor Internet.

  7. eluros
    By eluros on 17 January, 2012

    Then they speak about democracy i dont wanna live on this planet any more :(

  8. Pranjal
    By Pranjal on 17 January, 2012

    The best way by far i’ve found to join this black out is to turn on Cloudflare Stop censorship app! Will turn it on few of my blogs from yesterday.

  9. Ian Dixon
    By Ian Dixon on 15 January, 2012

    You can make a difference to the discussions about SOPA and PIPA even if you are not a US citizen living in that country.
    First find the ‘Stop SOPA’ plugin and put it on your website if you are running WordPress.
    Second, make it plain to all retailers who are supporting this undemocratic proposal that you will take your business elsewhere. A certain large supermarket chain would be one example but there are plenty more.
    This proposed legislation merely serves to panda (pun intended) cos Meant pander to the wishes of the big media companies with their armies of corporate lawyers who will be at the Office of the US Attorney General getting your site closed down and you extradited to the US for a pleasant stay in one of their jails

    • Chris
      By Chris on 16 January, 2012

      I was just going to mention this. There are 4 or 5 blackout plugins you can install and configure to shut off your website on Jan 18th, if you’d like to join Reddit (and hopefully Wikipedia) in the blackout.

  10. Kieran Gracie
    By Kieran Gracie on 15 January, 2012

    Not sure how internet users living outside the US can really affect what US senators do, but I have posted this on my Facebook just in case it helps. Heaven save us from political do-gooders!

  11. Richard Blaine
    By Richard Blaine on 14 January, 2012

    You know I have a really dim view of the world and what is coming down the pike and this is just another step toward big brother. I say f*k em all! The slate needs to be cleaned and we need to start over again. The elected royalty in all nations is doing nothing short of trying to f*k us all into slavery! 1984 is here and it is getting worse!

  12. Lindsey Hightower
    By Lindsey Hightower on 14 January, 2012

    Thanks for posting this video, I did not even know what SOPA,was.Now instead of waiting for the world to end in December,I will be watching this bill to see if our internet,as we know it now comes to this end.I will re post this video on my blog,while I still can.

  13. Marc
    By Marc on 13 January, 2012

    “… the government and corporations…”? What the crap does that mean? What corporations?

  14. Diego Fernandez
    By Diego Fernandez on 13 January, 2012


    I agree completely. Here in Spain the politicians finally have approved a law in the congress very similar to SOPA. So, from now on, any website can be closed by a commission and without judgement. An attack to essential rights. These pest is spreading all over the world by the pressure of the industry.
    It’s alright to fight against piracy, of course, but not at the cost of people rights and freedom.

    My thanks to Yoast for fighting to stop these kind of regulations.

  15. Michael
    By Michael on 13 January, 2012

    Agreed. We have to stop SOPA. The US is going downhill so fast. I’ve already written the senators and representatives for my state. Let’s flood them with messages and make our voices heard!

    I also changed my Facebook pic to this Let’s go viral!

    • Lee
      By Lee on 23 January, 2012

      I’m with Michael…you have to stand up for your beliefs. I also have written reps from my state, and you should do the same.

  16. Al
    By Al on 13 January, 2012

    I’m pretty much convinced this is Barry’s idea to clinch his re-election. They already have the “whiners link” to report any negative attention regarding the Great Leader.
    Hell, they could trademark/copyright all of the titles given to the late N. Korean leader, and any the Obama’s want to claim – then shut down any site that doesn’t goose-step to his orders and dreams of Utopia.

  17. Ondrej
    By Ondrej on 12 January, 2012

    Agree, but. If the internet companies contribute so much more to the economy than the entertainment, i.e. presumably make so much more money too, why don’t they also pay so much more money to lobby? If the ‘net companies would pay proportionally so much for lobbying as Holywood does, Torrenting movies would be a constitutional right by now. So Serge and Zuck, don’t be skimpy and then come crying how the even Holuwood steers the Congress!

    • Andrew
      By Andrew on 12 January, 2012

      There’s a difference between the two industries, on is heavilly centralized, the other is not. Sure you have internet giants like Google, but piracy isn’t in their interest, and you could argue that SOPPA is in their interest.

  18. Tracey Rissik
    By Tracey Rissik on 12 January, 2012

    Thanks for this useful (and alarming!) info – I’ll be requesting all my US-based friends/subscribers etc. to protest!

    This sounds about as daft as the new EU Cookie Law, which was written into UK law last year – despite the fact that browsers permit you to stop the use of cookies when you visit sites, the new law requires that we ask visitors permission to use non-essential cookies (for example those used by Google Analytics, as stats-gathering is considered non-essential to the functioning of a website). The UK’s ICO (information commissioners office) has such vague descriptions of what is/isn’t considered “essential” that heaven knows how techie people, let alone average point-&-click website creators, will know what to do!

    Here’s to stopping daft legislation!!!!!

  19. Victor Leigh
    By Victor Leigh on 11 January, 2012

    SOPA is just smoke screen. It will be used to shut down any site that TPTB do not like. SOPA must be stopped.

  20. Ian Davis
    By Ian Davis on 11 January, 2012

    I understand that Finland has it’s own SOPA clone legislation and Germany{Deutschland) has outlawed Facebook ‘likes’ on privacy issues. Sounds like censorship of the internet all together in the guise of infringement.

  21. John
    By John on 11 January, 2012

    I’m going to move all of my domains off of GoDaddy for their support of SOPA

    • Ian Davis
      By Ian Davis on 11 January, 2012

      Crap, all my sites and client sites are on Godaddy!

  22. Saluxjiras
    By Saluxjiras on 11 January, 2012

    I’m outside USA and i think that it’s only censure for free share of thinks. Yes ok the copyright for the product and his owner, but this is a measure to control the profits not anything else . I support you (sorry for the bad english)

  23. Heather Welter
    By Heather Welter on 11 January, 2012

    People need to start paying attention to these changes being are being proposed and not be so complacent.

  24. Rev. Voodoo
    By Rev. Voodoo on 11 January, 2012

    NIce plugin, installing it now!

  25. Randy Lee
    By Randy Lee on 11 January, 2012

    Can’t stand politics, but even I was compelled to call me senator’s and rep’s offices. The whole thing is just sickening…

  26. Konstantin Kovshenin
    By Konstantin Kovshenin on 11 January, 2012

    Good to see more non political write-ups to help stop SOPA. I’m outside the U.S. myself but I do believe that this could be a huge impact all over the world. I also wrote a little WordPress plugin that puts a Stop SOPA ribbon on your site. Cheers!

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 11 January, 2012

      Awesome Konstantin, added, made a slight change, adding cursor: pointer; to the CSS.

  27. IdeaG
    By IdeaG on 11 January, 2012

    Consider this initiative also: – almost 5000 people have joined in.

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