The day the Internet Went Dark

I'm sure most of you have heard by now about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that members of congress have been looking into passing. I won't go into great detail about the ins and outs of proposal, but essentially, the bill could drastically change the way the internet is run if the bill is passed in its current state. Today, many various websites around the web are blacking out their sites in order to protest SOPA and promote freedom throughout the internet. Some of the sites will be down all day, while others will only be blocked for a few hours. Regardless, the effect that the blackouts are having on supporters is working as three co-supporters of the bill have made them think twice about what they were originally standing for. I won't put in my bias, but I will show you some of the sites that you can expect to show their support today and black out their pages. Don't worry, they will be back soon enough!


Wikipedia is probably one of the biggest sites that has blacked out their page today in protest of SOPA. They closed their site down for 24 hours and will reboot tonight at midnight.


Craigslist, which is a huge forum for pretty much anything you could ever want, has also blacked out their site today in hopes that their site visitors will contact their congressmen and women to ask them to turn down SOPA.


Google has a knack for adding Easter Eggs on the front page of their search engine, and today is no different. Instead of having the world, Google, on their front page, it has been replaced by a big black rectangle.

Cheezburger Networks

I can has Cheezburger? you can't. Today, the Cheezburger websites will also take part in the internet blackout.

I'm sure there are plenty more sites that are also taking part in the stand against SOPA, but these were the ones that I found most interesting. Whatever happens with SOPA, you have to admit that these websites are definitely making a point today!

What are your thoughts on SOPA?

Seth P.