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On Wednesday the web went wild (or dark) and more than 13 million people protested the potential passage of SOPA and PIPA. Fight for the Future offered some stats today to show exactly how wild things got. Read on for the nitty gritty details.

SOPA protests in New York

SOPA protests in New York

On Wednesday, the web went wild (or dark) and more than 13 million people protested the potential passage of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its companion bill in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Fight for the Future, an organization created to organize the online protests, offered some stats today to show exactly how wild things got. Here’s the organization’s breakdown of activism by the numbers, in infographic form:

The results were impressive. More than a third of U.S. senators are opposed to PIPA in its current form ahead of the vote on the bill next week — 36 are opposed, including 5 who were formerly co-sponsors. And as the Senate votes on PIPA next Tuesday, those 13 million are invited to watch the live stream and by submitting their stories on how they use the Internet to be read by Senators who have pledged to filibuster the bill. Go, online activism.

  1. Without the internet, how else would someone in Russia and Nigeria send e-mails to people in hopes they will “send money to keep his family out of the streets because his papers and money had been stolen while vacationing in Europe”?

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    1. Richard Bennett Thursday, January 19, 2012

      Without the Internet, how would anyone read GigaOm?

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  2. I sent a letter to my representative and signed the petition. SOPA/PIPA change the internet in a very bad way.

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  3. When Hollywood has to turn to passage of draconian laws like SOPA/PIPA to protect itself, It tells me that Hollywood has run out of creativity. The Hollywood guys should start looking for some other careers because without creativity one cannot be successful in the business of movies and music even if SOPA and PIPA were to pass.

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