by Jennifer Stephens
Today is Blackout SOPA day and we're joining in by blacking out the Modwest logo on Facebook and Twitter.
If you haven't heard of SOPA, here's a summary by Wired: Why We've Censored Wired.com.
As the article states, "Under the current wording of the measures, the Attorney General would have the power to order ISPs to block access to foreign-based sites suspected of trafficking in pirated and counterfeit goods; order search engines to delist the sites from their indexes; ban advertising on suspected sites; and block payment services from processing transactions for accused sites. If the same standards were applied to U.S.-based sites, Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Google and Wired could all find themselves blocked."
Read quotes from the bill in Mashable's op-ed piece, "Why SOPA is Dangerous."
If you want to get involved, here are a number of helpful links:
Blackout your own account at Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.
Join the growing list of participating companies.
Follow @BlackoutSOPA and use hashtag #BlackoutSOPA.
I like Google's simple statement posted at the top of its petition page: Let's "End Piracy, Not Liberty."