Reddit which until now was vocal about SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) Protests is going silent. The news sharing site announced in its blog post that its website will not function on January 18th. The site wants to create awareness about SOPA.
When visitors will visit the site on that day, they’ll get a message on the site about SOPA and another bill the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The site will also showcase links which will provide visitors more information about the two Acts and guide them on how to take action against SOPA and PIPA if they want to.
Jan. 18 will also see Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com testify at an Oversight Hearing on DNS & Search Engine Blocking along with other industry leaders who will discuss the impact SOPA could have. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has proposed, OPEN Act, an alternative legislation to SOPA which would suggest the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to look into the online piracy.
Reddit mentioned in its Blog post that the Internet is in jeopardy if the SOPA bill is passed. The bill allows any websites, ISPs or individuals to be banned and punished preemptively in the US or other countries if the copyright holder issues a complaint which is not good news for any Internet user.
Issa and Senator. Ron Wyden will also present their views on OPEN Act and SOPA at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.
Reddit has done an awesome job so far by influencing quite a number of efforts and campaigns in past few weeks against pro-SOPA members from Congress.