Stop SOPA Protest Gets Underway With On Board

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Editor’s Update Jan. 19: DBpedia, Wikipedia and company are all back online, while some lawmakers have taken their support for SOPA and PIPA offline. Republican Senators Roy Blunt and Marco Rubio have withdrawn their support for the Protect IP Act, and Representative Lee Terry (R-Neb.), an original co-sponsor of SOPA, also has asked to have his name removed from the bill.


It’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) day. At 8 a.m. EST  OpenLink Software began a 12-hour blackout of the following sites it controls in support of Wikipedia, Reddit and others spearheading the online protest against the legislation:

Founder and CEO of OpenLink Software Kingsley Idehen yesterday directed interested parties to a Linked Data-driven poll for the opportunity to vote on taking this step, and the ayes, so to speak, had it.

Turn to any of the above sites and you’ll see:

Other sites with semantic and Linked Data affiliations joining the protest against the House of Representatives SOPA version of the anti-piracy bill and/or the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) Senate version include Zemanta and (see images below):

The protest is moving ahead even with the indefinite delay of the vote on SOPA, as PIPA is still scheduled for a vote. Some 7,000 sites were expected to participate, either by going dark or posting educational information about the proposed legislation. Some of the other well-known names among the protestors are Google, WordPress, Mozilla, openSUSE, and Flickr also is  on the confirmed participant list at, but as of this writing, it doesn’t appear to have implemented its effort yet.

Some sites, such as the Major League Gaming network, have said they are going farther than today’s protest. MLG, for instance, says it moved all its domains (over 100 in total) off of in protest of their support of SOPA.

We’d love to hear from more members of the semantic web community who are participating. If you are, let us know below.

About the author

Jennifer Zaino is a New York-based freelance writer specializing in business and technology journalism. She has been an executive editor at leading technology publications, including InformationWeek, where she spearheaded an award-winning news section, and Network Computing, where she helped develop online content strategies including review exclusives and analyst reports. Her freelance credentials include being a regular contributor of original content to The Semantic Web Blog; acting as a contributing writer to RFID Journal; and serving as executive editor at the Smart Architect Smart Enterprise Exchange group. Her work also has appeared in publications and on web sites including EdTech (K-12 and Higher Ed), Ingram Micro Channel Advisor, The CMO Site, and Federal Computer Week.

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