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Hello Everyone!

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For those of you wondering what SOPA/PIPA are, take a look at this video fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

As a protest of #SOPA and #PIPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act) two pieces of legislation that are up for debate once again on January 18, 2012, I will be blacked out from all my websites, deviantART included. What does this mean?

"On January 18, between 8am and 8pm EST (or 13:00 and 01:00 UTC), Reddit will be blacking out their website in protest of SOPA and PROTECT IP. We request all website administrators worldwide - and especially those running large user-content websites - to black out their website at the same time, to voice their opposition of SOPA and PROTECT IP. This legislation may very well not only change the future of the internet as a whole, but also change the future of YOUR website. Act against it before it's too late."

This is not just administrators, this is EVERYONE. Take these 12 hours from 8 AM EST to 8 PM EST, and do not use any websites.

deviantART has already officially stated its dislike of #SOPA, saying: "Our view at deviantART regarding SOPA is that it's probably a bad idea. There should be better ways to deal with mass infringement on the Internet than this. This bill in our view can be seen as a threat to the open Internet itself and this is very hard to digest or support."

So... Join us. Black Everything Out. Share this message on Facebook, Twitter, and Every Other Site you have! You can share this quote or make your own: "This account will remain silent on #J18 January 18th, 8am-8pm (EST) as a protest against SOPA/PIPA."

January 18, 2012



DevNews will also stay silent on this day.


Edits serve as a way for me to continue to share additional information with you all.

EDIT: As this has been commented on multiple times. SOPA has NOT been killed. It has been SHELVED. This means it can be BROUGHT BACK AT ANY TIME. It is in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM KILLED
As stated in a recent article, it has "been put on indefinite hold until a consensus about the act can be reached." (www.osnews.com/story/25513/SOP…)

EDIT 2: In addition, Wikipedia will be blacked out on January 18 as well. For a full list of websites going dark: nlb-creations.com/2012/01/13/w…

EDIT 3: A few new things I thought I would add based on comments. A number of people are asking why this is important. It is first off important to remember that one of the reasons I am sharing this on deviantART is dA is one of the websites that SOPA could seriously hurt. As is YouTube. Facebook. Wikipedia. Basically, you name it...
Then there is also the why the hell does logging in do anything? Well quite simply, it shows your support in stopping SOPA. One person does it, no one notices. But if millions upon millions do it, it is noticed both online by websites, as well as in Congress, and then worldwide. With websites like Wikipedia, who get 25 million hits a day, this is a pretty big deal.

EDIT 4: In regards to dA, let me state my utmost support for deviantART. I am in support of this largely because of its danger to deviantART and other websites that it will hurt.

EDIT 5: As a note... President Obama is against SOPA. It was started by Republican Lamar Smith of Texas.

EDIT 6: A list of websites that have signed up. In addition you can pledge your support there, though it is not mandatory. sopastrike.com/#how-to-strike

EDIT 7: deviantART is NOT blacking out. If YOU CHOOSE to black out, it is a personal choice. Perhaps deviantART will choose to at a later time, but for the moment, they aren't.

EDIT 8: There is a Black Out Journal created by GillianIvy Check it out live here: fav.me/d4mmqpo and install it here: fav.me/d4mmtut

EDIT 9: For those of you who tl;dr this, and still will post about how SOPA is dead.... Read this.

Stamp: Stop SOPA by TheRyanFord
- Created by TheRyanFord and presented through hq

:new: EDIT 10 (Last Edit): Last edit before my personal blackout. I just wanted to take a minute and say how amazing it is to see over 2,000 deviants being part of this every type of deviant as well... * = ` $ ^ It is really great! That said, I wanted to take a moment and add that I fully support deviantART's decision to not blackout the entire site and I urge you to do the same. I believe it is a personal choice here for deviants to make on their own not only for dA, but for Twitter, Facebook, etc. etc. deviantART has said they would raise discussions on SOPA and PIPA, and in my opinion that is far more valuable then 12 hours of darkness for deviants -which would cause confusion and chaos. I have already seen that this article has caused some confusion, so I would not want to see dA going black cause more confusion.SOPA and PIPA will suffer when tomorrow morning millions and millions of deviants, and users from every website blackout their online presence.  
So without further rambles... Stay safe. Stay Blacked-out. See you at 8 PM EST tomorrow.

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:iconharukofujioka:
Harukofujioka Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ANTI-SOPA/ACTA/PIPA ARMY UNITE!
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:icondarkmind22:
DarkMind22 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Sopa" in Greek means "Shut Up"!
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:icondolphin4dreamer:
dolphin4dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol! They should do that.
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:iconsyiren:
Syiren Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
spelled backwards it stands for "A Piece Of Shit"
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:icondolphin4dreamer:
dolphin4dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
lol XD. Exactly what it is.
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:icondarkmind22:
DarkMind22 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... Haddn't noticed that. :hmm:
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:icondarkfary93:
darkfary93 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
DOWN WITH SOPA AND PIPA AND ACTA THEY ARE RUING MY LIFE I SO WANNA JOINT A GROUP THAT ARE AGAISNT THEM
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:iconvivi109:
vivi109 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awww, i wish i had learned this earlier i wanted to help, but i wasn't online all of that day


must ask... how did it go in the end?
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:iconkidomomo:
kidomomo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would have done this if I had heard about it earlier. I'm so sorry.
What was the outcome?
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:iconchibi-chan97:
Chibi-chan97 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was postponed for till next month...
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:iconairgirl39:
airgirl39 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
not listening to the people IS PLAIN AROGANT!!!:rage:

the person who made tis should be jailed for the rest of his live!
this is just redicilous...!!
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:icontheandromedarose-257:
TheAndromedaRose-257 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
If I had gotten this journal earlier, I definitely would've participated. Unfortunately, I didn't^^' But I support stopping this!
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:iconsleepsugar:
sleepsugar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The scariest thing about something being shelved, is that they're trying to buy time to bury it somewhere under "different" legislation.
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:iconglacierchannle01:
Glacierchannle01 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
*rich



Its not fair T3T (I thought america was a free country....)


But they are mostlikly to bring thi bill up again so we can't give up just yet! >:U
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:iconglacierchannle01:
Glacierchannle01 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
They are doing this to "protect the ich people" D:<
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:iconsonictailsbros:
Sonictailsbros Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Writer
When I looked online for times union it said the law will be passed on Jan24.
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:iconsinxo:
Sinxo Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then it's wrong.
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:iconfrozendaydream:
FrozenDaydream Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You've got my suport as well.

I will, with the upmost certanty, LOSE IT, if any of these two get passed. This site is the ONLY way I can express my art and get feedback on it, due to my limited life here in a dead-end town in the middle of nowhere. I might never get to stay caught up on my favorite book series, Pandora Hearts, ether if this happens (I read it online). All my fanfics would be a bust too.

All chaos will break lose if this nightmare becomes reality. I pray that these will not get passed (I'm serious because I rarely, and seriously, pray), so let's pray too.

Also, the President is on our side! Horray! There's some hope yet!
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:iconfrozendaydream:
FrozenDaydream Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Er...scratch that. This still concerns me, and if they really did get passed, I'd still go crazy, but now I've got bigger fish to worry about (and help fry)!
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:iconmetroidhunters:
MetroidHunters Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Blackout reminds me of STALKER blowout..... :iconohnoplz:
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:icontheplotthief:
ThePlotThief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Writer
Does this affect things outside US? :tears:
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:iconcro-magna:
Cro-Magna Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes it does! Imagine that other countries follow in the USA's footsteps. Or, this: if a website is operated within the US (like Youtube) and it gets shut down, then all of the site's users from around the world will be affected.
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:icontheplotthief:
ThePlotThief Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Writer
*completely petrified*
*signs petitions possible* :iconscaredplz:
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:iconbornpessimist:
BornPessimist Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously?!
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:iconoragamiknight:
oragamiknight Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it'll be PIPA that will have the most likely-hood of passing.
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:iconyugiohfreakxd:
yugiohfreakXD Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
how funny dat i didnt even had internet access on da 18! XD
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:iconsummer-rainstorm:
Summer-RainStorm Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
according to the news SOPA has been put on the backburner till everyone comes to an agreement on what should happen with it. i doubt its gone forever- it will show up again, but we can still fight it to keep the internet free of the government.
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:iconkodyboy555:
KodyBoy555 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Lamar Smith should be arrested, right?
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:icontheoddausorus:
theoddausorus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
and killed
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:iconmoltofuckingbene:
MoltoFuckingBene Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
No need to go that far.
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:icontheoddausorus:
theoddausorus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
well you could never be too sure my dear!
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:icontroodon80:
Troodon80 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
mashable.com/2012/01/20/sopa-is-dead-smith-pulls-bill/

I seriously doubt it's actually dead. But it's something, assuming it's true.
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:iconnemutte0no0ame:
nemutte0no0ame Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
(Comment has been deleted by the SOPA)
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:iconzeption:
Zeption Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Artist
STOP SOPA
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:iconsasori44:
sasori44 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
we can all do this just alittle black out means our internet being safe then lets do it
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:iconshakes8:
shakes8 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait.. so deviantart is being shut down? :iconsadplz: :iconohnoplz:
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:iconyuinah:
Yuinah Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Only for a day or so... It won't be long! <:3
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:iconshakes8:
shakes8 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
oh thank heavans what would i do without it?
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:iconmikokaori:
MikoKaori Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student General Artist
i completely took my laptop off of our wifi connection yesterday
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:iconubersquish39:
ubersquish39 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Does anyone else think the American government should spend less time/money on stupid things like this and work on getting themselves out of debt/bouncing back from the recession, or am I the only one?
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:iconretromissile:
Retromissile Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthumbupplz:
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:iconpoopymonkeydoo:
Poopymonkeydoo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
agreed.
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:iconimsc:
IMSC Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You got my support on this >>
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:iconrachbak:
Rachbak Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SOPA is dead to me. I don't want to see that communist Devil in this community again!
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:iconmleighstudio:
MLeighStudio Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SWEEET THE PRESIDENT IS AGAINST SOPA..THERE IS HOPE
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:iconinginuyasha:
inginuyasha Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
StopSOPA!!!
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:iconask-princess-human:
Ask-Princess-Human Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
STOP SOPA!!!!!! AND THE OTHER!!!!
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:iconchattzi:
Chattzi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
:c Whoops, I missed it...
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:iconinkynebula:
inkynebula Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I stored all of my works to protest against SOPA and PIPA. I suggest you all do the same.
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:iconfrozendaydream:
FrozenDaydream Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, agreed. That's what I'm doing with all my fanfics, and there's a lot (considering one is a 32 chapter). All my drawings are also pre-stored on my laptop too (as they are before they get put up here).
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