The Net's Only Sopa White-Out



Working on the web is hard, which is why Fark has decided to take a brave stand, going against the grain to support SOPA and PIPA. This way, if the site gets shut down under the ridiculous censorship bills, the company won't have to do any more hard work.
While a bunch of other sites are going "dark" to protest SOPA/PIPA, we're over the moon about the whole thing. Why? Honestly, we've been bringing you the latest news happening across the internet for 12 years, and we're tired. And SOPA/PIPA is the perfect excuse to quit.

While SOPA might be "almost dead," it's not quite all the way there, and under various drafts of both SOPA/PIPA, Fark could have its DNS assignment (the thing that turns an IP address, like 10.0.0.1, into words like Fark.com) revoked without notice simply for linking to content that could come under foreign copyright claims. This means, even if it is actual news in and of itself, if we link to it, we can be shut down. And thank God, cause we're about ready to crack under the strain of being on top of the news all the time.

The post isn't up anymore because the blackout day is over, but you can read about it over at the link from The Consumerist.

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Yeah and who bothered to check why? Anyhoo that seems to have been more of a joke at the expense of those sites who blacked out, rather than part of the protest. Hey look guys Google's still trading.
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Funnily enough although I spent hours online the blackouts had no effect on me at all. I didn't hit a single blacked out site. Which goes to show not only that the protest wasn't as widespread as those involved would like to think, but that the sites involved are not as significant as they might think.

Had they not pre-publicized the blackout it would have had very little impact.
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TheDailyWTF.com also did a white-out, with similar reasoning. You probably shouldn't say "the only" when talking about something as huge as the web, you're bound to be wrong. :)
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