Taking SOPA/PIPA to the streets: Protests on for SF, NYC

San Francisco City Hall

A number of tech industry companies and organizations are taking to the web to protest the proposed anti-piracy legislation in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA.) But the demonstrations don’t stop with site-wide blackouts planned for Wednesday by a number of web giants including Wikipedia, Scribd, Reddit and others: People also have plans to meet up in real life and take the protest to the streets.

  • In San Francisco, an anti-SOPA and PIPA rally is planned for 12:00pm PT in the Civic Center, where the city’s government offices are located. Venture capitalist Ron Conway is scheduled to speak at the rally, and a number of tech industry groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Hackers & Founders, and SV NewTech are organizing the event. More information is here.
  • In New York City, an anti-SOPA and PIPA meetup is scheduled to begin at 12:30pm ET outside the offices of Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at 780 Third Ave. The event is organized by NY Tech Meetup. More information is here.
  • In Seattle, three separate events are being planned by a group called Seattle Against SOPA. All meetups will begin at 11:30am PT. More information can be found here.

If you know of any other anti-SOPA and PIPA rallies planned for meatspace, please weigh in using the comments.

Photo of San Francisco City Hall courtesy of Flickr user Kwong Yee Cheng.