Using WordPress to blog, to publish, to communicate things online that once upon a time would have been relegated to an unread private journal (or simply remained unspoken, uncreated, unshared) makes you a part of one of the biggest changes in modern history: the democratization of publishing and the independent web. Every time you click Publish, you are a part of that change…
If you host your site here on WordPress.com, here are
two three ways you can include your site in the blackout protest against SOPA/PIPA.
First, you can add the black “STOP SOPA” ribbon that you see in the upper right corner of this site to your website by copying and pasting this code into an unnamed text widget:
<a target='_blank' class='stop-sopa-ribbon' href='http://americancensorship.org/'><img src='[image URL]' alt='Stop SOPA' style='position:fixed;top:0;right:0;z-index:100000;cursor:pointer;' /></a>
Secondly, if you wish, you can use an overlay to “blackout” your site for the day, by copying and pasting this code into an unnamed text widget:
<div align="center" style="position:fixed;width:100%;height:100%;top:0;right:0;background-color:#000;-moz-opacity:0.8;opacity:.80;filter:alpha(opacity=80);text-align:center;font-size:800%;font-weight:bold;padding-top:300px;"><a style="color:#fff;" href="http://americancensorship.org/" target="_blank">Stop SOPA</a></div>
Don’t forget to tag your post SOPA.
UPDATE: Third-WordPress.com officially enters the protest with special settings you can enable on your WordPress.com blog. You can display a black “Stop Censorship” ribbon until January 24th, as well as choosing to completely or partially black out your site on January 18th. Make your voice heard and join the protest.
Beyond the visual protest, the most important action you can take if you are an American citizen is to contact your State Representative and Senator and tell them why Online Piracy is not the problem. Google has prepared an excellent website explaining the issues.
via Lorelle on WordPress: January 18: Join Reddit in a National Blackout Day of Protest Against SOPA
via timethief: House Kills SOPA – Denver Computers | Examiner.com