I decided not to blackout any of my blogs or sites today mainly out of laziness (and fear that I'd totally screw something up) but I support those who did. I wrote my congressional representatives and I hope those of you in the US will do the same. I also want to take issue with those who claim that people who are against SOPA and PIPA are by default FOR piracy. Of course that is not the case, it's a false dichotomy. I know there has been a big problem of piracy in the needlework industry and I find it shameful, but laws like SOPA and PIPA are NOT the answer.
BTW, Lamar Smith (R-Tx), author of SOPA, was at the American Astronomical Sociey meeting last week and spoke for about 10 minutes before the "Science and Society" talk. Unfortunately he didn't take questions, but I was sorely tempted to yell out while he was trying to tell us how much of a nerd he was "Then why did you write a bill that could break the internet??".
If you want to learn more about the issue here are some great places to start:
Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty
EFF: Strike Against Censorship