Cool and creative anti-SOPA blackout messages – Internet protest in action

Just in case you managed to miss it, it’s January 18 today, and countless of websites show their support for the fight against the controversial SOPA legislation in the U.S.

SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) is a bill in the U.S. Senate. Figuring out exactly what the effect would be if the bills would pass is not easy. However, a widespread concern seems to be that it would “threaten prosperity, online security, and freedom of expression.”

In response to SOPA and PIPA, Reddit kicked off a campaign to blackout its site today in protest. That steamrolled and hundreds, if not thousands, of sites around the world are now taking part in this movement.

How each site displays its opposition is different and varies greatly. We have looked at a selection; many brought to us by our Twitter followers.

Asofterworld.com

Boingboing.net

Castle-g.com

Crypto.cat

Explosm.net

Flickr.com

Girlgamer.com

Good.is

Google.com

Icanhascheezburger.com

Imgur.com

Inkerro.com

Joyblind.com

Minecraft.net

Opendns.com

Protestsopa.org

Reddit.com

Regretsy.com

Sonicretro.org

Technobuffalo.com

Theoatmeal.com

Triggerpit.com

Wikipedia.org

WordPress.com

Xkcd.com

Xbmc.org

Which one is your favorite?

SOPA is now on hold, but not cancelled and sites will go back to normal tomorrow. There’s no doubt that this struggle is beginning, and it will be interesting to see how this situation evolves.

Do you have examples of anti-SOPA blacked-out sites that we didn’t include here but that you think deserve a spot in the collection?

Tell us about it in the comments below.

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