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Fighting the Good Fight Against SOPA and PIPA


Today, blogs, sites, and services across the web went dark to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Acts. Wikipedia closed its English site, the Internet Archive went dark, and even Google put a black bar over its famous logo to protest the legislation. In the anime community, the ANN crew placed black bars over sections of their site, and numerous fan-sites and blogs blacked out, urging readers to phone their congressmen.

In addition, 4.5 million people signed Google’s petition against SOPA. To put this in perspective, fully 1.5 percent of the American population voiced their opposition. This was, according to The Guardian, the largest online protest in history.

Their efforts, for the most part weren’t ignored. Today, seventeen new senators voiced opposition to PROTECT IP, six of which were former sponsors of the bill. As the hours tick by, and the peoples’ voices grows louder, more and more members of government turn against the act.

In addition, President Obama announced that he would veto SOPA if it comes across his desk.

 

The battle of the bills isn’t over just yet, though. PROTECT IP will come to a vote on January 24, and hearings on SOPA will begin anew next month. The tide is certanly turning, but pressure needs to remain on those in power at this point. The message of opposition must continue to be loud, lest the masses forget the chilling black pages and the messages of warning that came with today. The day popular support dies, is the day that the opposition loses.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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