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Going Dark on January 18th

12. January 2012 08:07 by Scott in Opinion  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

This famous statement was about the inactivity of the intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power.  That word, Inactivity is exactly what has happened.  The inactivity of man to stop a purging of chosen targets.  Right now, Congress of the United States is trying to purge another group of people. Backed by powerful and wealthy companies investing much of their time, effort and money to convince this Republic that your freedom of speech is not as guaranteed to you as the law to enforce copyright.

5511080-fight-for-freedom SOPA and PIPA.  They will be the wrecking ball that crashes through the Internet.  They will be the destroyer of the Freedom of Speech that is so rightly deserved for every single individual on this planet we call Earth.

To me, I have never really been an activist of sorts.  I have never really fought for the cause.  But this cause has come to a point that one must either stand up or lose their freedom. I am not about to lose my Freedom of Speech over some companies need to enforce copyright.

So, on January 18th, for one Full GMT day, All my websites I own will go dark.  I am protesting that fact that SOPA and PIPA should not be made into law.

I ask that anyone else who owns a website, who makes money from a domain, who uses the internet to host any sort of material join me in this endeavor.  If we put a halt to the internet on January 18th, then the people that use our sites will know what it could be like when this law is created and enforced.