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Numerous sites went black Wednesday to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills. Participants included Wikipedia, Google, Craigslist, Greenpeace, Reddit, 4Chan and others, and many didn’t just stop at adding a black background. Check out our website gallery to take a look at some of the sites.

Wikipedia asked all of its U.S. users to call their Congressional representatives.

Wired censored all of the copy on its home page.

Numerous websites, including heavyweights like Google, Wikipedia and Craigslist, were blacked out on Wednesday to take part in the protest against SOPA and PIPA. The blackout protest not only was an impressive show of force but also seemed to succeed in making millions of people who don’t usually follow every single piece of tech news aware of the bills.

Equally impressive was that so many different sites joined in on the protest, ranging from tech news sites like Wired to the usually much less serious Cheezburger network to even Greenpeace’s online presence. And the protest seemed to spark lots of creativity, with people exploring many different visual ways to take a stance against SOPA and PIPA. Check out our gallery below to see who blacked out their site and how they did it:

 
  1. I have been in London today (still arranged for my lab’s website http://tw.rpi.edu to go dark), and the response here has been great. The Brits like the fact that we’re standing up to the big money lobbying interests by a new “Web populism” – was great to see GigaOm join in, and I hope people save links to this gallery to remember the day the Web truly found its voice in American politics. (Sopa is even trending on twitter – finally!)

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  2. In fact boingboing took a bold step ahead and censored their whole service for the day with the message 503: Service Intentionally Unavailable.

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  3. Michael Wooldridge Thursday, January 19, 2012

    As the SOPA protests unfold, it is important to remember that piracy and due process are only two of the issues facing the modern Internet. A lack of knowledge by users is the biggest problem. Come check out our documentary and support our investigation of how we can preserve our Internet rights.

    http://www.warfortheweb.com

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