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Liveblogging, Blackouts, and Protests! The Internet Takes On SOPA

Top row l to r: Google, Converseon, Craigslist. Bottom row l to r: Wikipedia, Wired, and Google. Click here to get a better look at Google’s infographic.

We are losing the Internet, site by site. Google has a big black box on its logo. Wikipedia is dark. And dozens of New Yorkers may be out on the street because they can’t get to the rental listings on Craigslist.

Websites are taking their opposition to SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) to the Web, protesting the bill by demonstrating what they think will happen should it go into effect. Still a little fuzzy on what it all means? Fast Company has got a quick summary here. A few other screenshots are available on Poynter.org.

The Guardian is liveblogging the protest, updating this webpage with a list of sites that are joining in. A full list of participants and how to turn your site into a site of protest is available on the SOPAStrike site.

After the jump, we’ve got a poll to gather your thoughts on the impact that SOPA would have on your business.

Judging by all of the tweets we’re seeing on the topic, the PR industry is paying close attention to the SOPA developments. With the high use of YouTube and social networks for promotional purposes, PR Daily points out, the industry should be concerned.

“It’s in our own interest as communicators to take a stand against any legislation that threatens the freedom of expression on the Web,” the article says. CRT/tanaka is one of the firms taking that sentiment to heart, launching their own protest today.

Lawmakers seem to be backtracking on the bill, but it’s a threat nonetheless. Would SOPA and/or PIPA have a big impact on your work? Let us know below. The poll closes Friday at noon.

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