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Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist, Wired, and thousands of other websites have gone dark in protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a Congressional Bill designed to curtail copyright infringement but also threatens to disrupt the function of the internet.
SOPA, along with the Senate bill Protect IP Act (PIPA), has also provoked strong reaction in the online video community, including Rob Barnett, Founder and CEO of MyDamnChannel, which is also dark today in protest:
MyDamnChannel.com is going dark all day and night joining our cyber community in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA). We’re an entertainment studio producing and distributing original video and valuable intellectual property with top talent. Therefore, we couldn’t be more interested in both running a successful business and protecting that IP. But My Damn Channel was founded to give great artists maximum creative freedom and we can’t support anything that could put their freedom in jeopardy.MyDamnChannel’s Daily Grace put out a protest video of her own: