So, the mass internet protest yesterday (which is only a tiny, tiny fraction of the Internets) was influential enough that a bunch of people were mad about Reddit, Wikipedia, and the Oatmeal were down that they wrote their senators and representatives. And a whole bunch of co-sponsors backed off. A whole bunch of ’em. Yes, one of the IL senators, Mark Kirk, came out against PIPA. (Thank you, Sen Kirk!!!) Dick Durbin, a co-sponsor of PIPA, is supposedly backing away from the bill, saying it’s “not as important.” At least, that’s what one of his aides said yesterday. I like to add, “not as important as being re-elected is.” ‘Cause you know that’s the real fear he has, not really the fear of a “broken” Internet.
And THE Zuckerberg, you know the guy, also spoke out about it. https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10100210345757211 No doubt he’s afraid that thefacebook.com will be shut down because of the mass infringement that people have been doing. Even yesterday, while protesting a law that would make them even more of lawbreakers. You know, all the peeps posting those comic strips and mashing up the amazing Hyperbole and a Half “Clean ALL the things!” with the SOPA protests? Yeah, that’s illegal now, unless the artists are amazing enough to allow free use.
And YouTube user khanacademy.org created a pretty amazing video breaking down SOPA and PIPA to make it easier to understand.