Protecting the Internet as we know it

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SOPA and PIPA are two separate bills that, if passed by the U.S. Congress, will change the face of the internet as we know it. In short: they will effectively give the government the power to censor the web and take down websites without trial or evidence of copyright violations. This is not the right way to go about fighting piracy, as it will hurt small web startups and the average consumer more than anyone else.

    Under these legislations, even posting an image without permission from the creator or linking to another website that hosts copyrighted content could result in the whole site being removed from public view, and if such restrictions were in effect four years ago, would not exist as it does today.

    For a more detailed explanation and to find out how you can help, check out the Wikipedia articles on SOPA and PIPA, Google's "End Piracy, Not Liberty" campaign page, and this article by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

    On Wednesday 18th January 2012, this page replaced the homepage to help generate awareness for the campaign against SOPA and PIPA, and to help promote the importance of the open internet. On this day, the site also had a redesign to reflect the issue, with a link to this page on the standard homepage, and in the footer of every page, accompanied by a striking black background. To visit our current homepage, click here