Stop SOPA

Stopsopa

Those of you who came to Towleroad's site today saw the above interstitial appear before you reached our actual site. While many sites like Wikipedia and Reddit are going dark for eight hours today, we have instead chosen to make a direct appeal to Towleroad's readers to take action.

Perhaps the best explanation I've found for the dangers the Online Piracy Act presents to sites across the web can be found here at Mashable. Also, watch the video below.

I would encourage you to read it, and also take action. If you missed our interstitial and would like to get more information and/or take action, you can get to it again by typing #stopsopa (example: http://www.towleroad.com/#stopsopa) at the end of any Towleroad URL in your browser window.

If you would like to see a list of lawmakers and corporations that either support (bad) or oppose (good) this bill, click HERE. New Yorkers - surprisingly, our Senators Gillibrand and Schumer are among the top financial recipients for ALL supporting interest groups. They should be contacted and told you oppose the Stop Online Piracy and Protect IP Act.

Thanks from the team at Towleroad.

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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  1. The internet is a disruptive technology. Established business interest are threatened by the changes and have sought protection from the government. While this may have short term benefits for these interests, in the long run it merely means they will have a slow death. And meanwhile the role of leadership in technology will leave the US. SOPA and PIPA are big media companies attempt to kill their competition and give them control of the internet.

    Members of Congress have long said government should not be in the business of picking winners. Here is their chance to act on that.

    Posted by: Charlie | Jan 18, 2012 7:13:43 AM


  2. "we have instead chosen to make a direct appeal to Towleroad's readers"

    While I applaud you for doing this, you make it sound like Wiki and Reddit aren't making direct appeals to their users.

    Anyways, kudos and thank you.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 18, 2012 9:39:44 AM


  3. FYI, Wikipedia is blacked out for 24 hours, not eight.

    Posted by: jredmond | Jan 18, 2012 11:46:32 AM


  4. Indeed, and Reddit for 12.

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jan 18, 2012 1:04:24 PM


  5. thank you for doing this - it is very appreciated

    Posted by: supine | Jan 18, 2012 1:15:11 PM


  6. OK fellow readers this drafting is bad but understand this.

    From the inside of a large entertainment company, we are one of the few industries that celebrates its gay staff - I suspect design and fashion are similar. That means long term stable jobs.

    It's not just a euphemism to say 'he's a bit 'creative'. I've worked around the world and the big companies are genuinely tightening belts and it's the young guys who are being pushed back into careers in the service industries. Theft of creative works, disproportionately affects 'creative' people.

    Just a thought.

    Posted by: Jack | Jan 18, 2012 1:36:54 PM


  7. Unfortunately for Jack and others, the availability of legitimately free content (just peruse YouTube and Blip for member content that rivals anything on TV) is driving eyeballs away from paid content (at least paid directly--everything is ad driven). Young people watch far less TV and buy far less music (as in albums) than 20 years ago. TR links to content, so would be subject to being shutdown based on the whim of anyone that files a claim of infringement. Anyone. Classic heckler's veto.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 18, 2012 6:17:09 PM


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