How to Blackout Your Site Wed Jan 18th to Protest PIPA


Help us stop SOPA – protest on your site!

By Jon Fox

In case you haven’t already heard, congress is currently reviewing new bills that threaten the very fabric of the internet. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill, and its sister bill, Protect IP Act (PIPA), are currently working their way through the United States Congress and the Senate. If these bills pass any copyright holder can simply allege a site infringes on their copyright and the site could be redirected at the DNS level and be cut off from all major ad services and payment processing services – all without any trial or due process of any kind. It’s scary stuff, but we won’t rehash the full issue here. Read this post from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to learn more about this issue.

Many companies have voiced their protest and will be blacking out their sites or informing their users about these upcoming bills. We saw what other companies like Reddit and Craigslist were doing and wanted to offer other sites an easy way to participate. We came up with a javascript snippet you can add to your page that will show a popup like you see here.


If you’re on, Blogger, or Typepad you can quickly install using plugins from the links below. For Blogger users, make sure you’re logged in before trying to install it.

WordPress Stop SOPA/PIPA Widget

To install the javascript snippet directly, copy this async snippet into the <head> or top of the <body> of your website:

<script type=”text/javascript”>(function(){var a=(new Date).getTime();if(a>=1326891600000 && a<=1326934800000 || window.location.hash==”#stopsopa”){var b=document.createElement(“script”);b.type=”text/javascript”;b.async=true;b.src=”//”;var c=document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0];c.parentNode.insertBefore(b,c)}})()</script>

Help us protect the internet! Contact your representatives, spread the word, and join us in protesting censorship!



Source: Torbit



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H.R.3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act.  This bill would establish a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be dedicated to copyright infringment. It would also make unauthorized web streaming of copyrighted content a felony with a possible penalty up to five years in prison. For more details, go here.

S.968 – PROTECT IP Act of 2011.  Establishes a system for taking down websites that the Justice Department determines to be “dedicated to infringing activities.” In some cases, action could be taken to block sites without first allowing the alleged infringer to defend themselves in court.  For more details, go here.


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