SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is now gaining a lot of opposition from various online group including WordPress.com. According to a survey several months ago, 15% of the web is composed of WordPress. It may not sound great to you but take note, WordPress netizens is estimated around 60 million.
How will it affect us?
It allows the U.S. attorney general to seek a court order against the targeted offshore Web site that would, in turn, be served on Internet providers in an effort to make the target virtually disappear. It’s kind of an Internet death penalty.
More specifically, section 102 of SOPA says that, after being served with a removal order:
(A) the Internet site is used to provide goods or services to users located in the United States;
(B) there is evidence that the Internet site or portion thereof is intended to offer or provide such goods and services (or) access to such goods and services (or) delivery of such goods and services to users located in the United States;
(C) the Internet site or portion thereof does not contain reasonable measures to prevent such goods and services from being obtained in or delivered to the United States; and
(D) any prices for goods and services are indicated or billed in the currency of the United States.
Who are the supporters?
Companies, websites supporting the bill can be found with this list here.
According to net-coalition, this list covered the companies, CEOs, and domains that opposed the said SOPA. Here is the link.
What can you do?
If you believe you can take part of the coalition with your wordpress blog, here is the list of plugins you can choose to show your opposition to SOPA.
- SOPA Blackout Plugin. This plugin allows you to set SOPA blackout dates for your WordPress website, as well as a variety of options on who the anti-SOPA is shown too.
- Stop SOPA Widget.
- SOPA Blackout for WordPress.The SOPA Blackout for WordPress plugin allows you to easily show your support on SOPA Blackout Day on your blog.
- Stop SOPA.. The plugin adds small protest box to your website. By default it’s collapsed, but once clicked, the “Stop SOPA” box appears.
- Simple Stop Sopa. This Plugin will censor your site on January 18th between 8am and 8pm local time in protest of SOPA and PIPA. It has no admin settings and is super easy to use