Internet Blackout Aftermath – Is the Threat of SOPA/PIPA Over?


This past Wednesday was quite the eventful day. The impact of Wikipedia, Google, TechCrunch, Mozilla, Wired, Reddit, WordPress, Funny Or Die, and many more big names, and of course those of you in the community who knew about the events and blacked out your own websites was DEFINITELY FELT!

Because of the Blackout and the continued efforts of many before, we got these great results:

Does This Mean It’s Over?

*Image Credit: Tjflex2

There is, of course, a lot more good news than what is listed above, but too much of a good thing in one place might make you think the situation is over. IT IS FAR FROM THAT! In fact, on Monday Senators return to discuss and vote on PIPA. Everyone needs to call, email, leave a voicemail message, or whatever method of communication you prefer, their state senators and tell them how you feel. However before you do that, you should first make sure you know what you’re talking about. Here are some quick things you should keep in mind before contacting them with this great tool provided by

Read Up On These Bills As Much As Possible

There is nothing more hurtful to a cause than having someone who is not fully informed on the matter calling on behalf of any stance. This gives an example of an uneducated person who easily fell for the hype surrounding the event, proving that people are easily influenced. If the actual SOPA and PIPA bills in their entirety are a too much for you to comprehend, then finding some accurate blog articles written to state facts and less on personal viewpoints are a great stepping stone.

Last month I published a well-received article, the preceding one to the current one you are reading. Take a good look, and figure out where it is you stand on the matter.

SOPA’s Author Breaks Copyright Laws Too

This is just funny and shows how hypocritical the US government has become.

Actually Read The Legislation

These bills are not the easiest things to read, that is kinda the case for any legal doctrine of this nature presented. It is this way so that things can be hidden inside them, or there will be so much of one thing that is perceived as good hopefully the perceived bad aspects will be ignored. It is always best to go to the source and see the information for yourself.

Learn About The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Now reading this you sure will be surprised that a bill passed into law around a decade ago sounds a lot like the SOPA and PIPA of today, just less as severe but by no means a non threat. You can read up on it at a friendly supporter of the cause Wikipedia. Here is something about it that should really interest you,

“It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet”

Stop Saying This Will Destroy The Internet

I don’t know where this saying came from, but it is not a good one. In fact, it really is doing more harm than good. This saying shows that we as an internet community won’t allow for an internet where piracy laws are in effect, and are willing to stand against anything they push are way related to stopping us from stealing content. You may not think this is the case, but anything can easily be twisted around to prove this statement true.

Some Bad News

*Image Credit: Isaac Leedom

Hiding Laws In “Safer Titles”

Now we all are against children getting access to pornography right? Well that is what the hopes for the Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 are resting on. What this bill really is doing is acting as a cover for a massive data retention law, so lets just call it SOPA or PIPA with a justifiable face change. You can learn more about it on this article from

MegaUpload Is Gone

MegaUpload was easily a top file sharing site, I bet most of the readers of this articles all either have files on their or have downloaded some. Well as of yesterday, MegaUpload is officially no more. On Thursday, MegaUpload was shut down by the US government on the allegations of costing copyright holders at least $500 million in lost revenue. The founder, and other members of the company, are being indicted right now because of these charges. Lean more about it on this article from the Washington Post. And for the record, MegaUpload is a Hong Kong based website.

BTW, I wanted to know if the above paragraph sounded familiar to something I might have said in my previous article. Yes? No? Let me refresh your memory:

” There would be no Facebook, YouTube, MediaFire, SoundCloud, Twitter, DropBox, or any other site that can be targeted as a place where online piracy could take place.”

Cool Links

How SOPA and PIPA Hinder Businesses by Forbes
A Battle Far From Over by Huffington Post
The Web Stood Its Ground, Now What by Brandchannel
Anonymous Strikes Back by Tom’s Guide
Supporters Willing To Fight Until the Bitter End by Daily Tech
A Google News Search On SOPA and PIPA



  1. robbo

    @meandsnook – If you’re going to moan about grammAr at least spell it correctly!

    Nice article though it leaves one question unanswered – who are the USA to lay their laws on every country anyway? I thought Hitler died!

  2. Meandsnook

    Great information. Thank you for educating the general public on such important issues and helping people decide where they stand.
    One word of advice: Please triple-check your English and grammer before posting. Highly educated people are reading what you write and trust me, you lose credibility when you write things like: “This saying shows that we as an internet community won’t allow for an internet where piracy laws are in effect, and are willing to stand against anything they push are way related to stopping us from stealing content. ” push are way? PROOFREAD. Proofreading by three educated people would have prevented this mistake so it would properly read “push OUR way”. I would hate to see people dismiss your entire point because of improper grammer. Unfortunately, people do. I see it in business every day.
    Other than that, great site, great information and thank you for your efforts to educate us on this very important issue.

    • Hi,

      Thank you for mentioning my error to me. I’m not making excuses for it, we are all human and make mistakes time to time. I’m glad that it didn’t stop you from finishing and enjoy my article, as I hope the same goes for everyone.

  3. Stan

    About “ There would be no Facebook, YouTube, MediaFire, SoundCloud, Twitter, DropBox, or any other site that can be targeted as a place where online piracy could take place.” Does It Mean That These Sites Are Going To Be Blocked? Please Help I LOVE YouTube !

    • The main issue I have with these bills is that neither give a very clear definition of their interpretation of infringement. Because it is so vague, they can twist it around to to make a claim for anything. Also the time frame a so to speak infringing site has to respond is not enough for big sites like the ones mentioned. They have 5 days after a noticed has been served to prepare a defense for their website.

      So if these laws were always in place, like before any of those sites mentioned were created. They wouldn’t have lasted much long because of the copyright infringing content published on them.

      Does this clear things up?

  4. Megaupload was doing way more shady things than any other file sharing website. For instance on megavidoes you were able to watch all latest TV series and movies without paying penny for that. No other file sharing services “offers” this kind of piracy level. The rest of file sharing services can feel safe as they are not storing this kind of content at least not in this amount

  5. Liam

    Anyone else happy because Megaupload is gone? I honestly hated that site. However, if they take down Mediafire, I will be sad. But then Webs will go down…

    Anyway, I digress.

    • Tora

      I used to watch old cartoons or mini-series I couldn’t find on DVD. It was also good for low-quality test runs on movies in theaters, you know, to see if it’s worth paying nine bucks to see on the big screen or if I should just wait and pick it up with a Christmas gift card. The time limit was annoying, but other than that, I never had a problem with it.

  6. Its just unbelievable to enjoy a world without knowledge. Just as these important sites blacked out the people around the world will get disconnected from each other. MegaUpload is gone for a good reason but it still will very much try to make its presence felt on the internet.

  7. Angus P

    Actually, I was slightly surprised when I visited 1stWD on the 18th and didn’t see anything blacked out. As a web design site it was quite relevant to you.