As an individual who makes my bread and butter in the digital spectrum, today is a very important, very noteworthy day. Wikipedia, Reddit and several other large online media outlets have volunteered to go black to oppose the proposed SOPA and PIPA laws, which in a nutshell would leverage heavy penalties on resources that link (beknowst or unbeknowst) to copyrighted content online (you can find out more about the proposed law here.
If implemented, these laws could permanently change the way the internet is used, by both ourselves and our clients.
I would encourage all of you to take a couple of minutes today to call your state representatives and senators, tell them that you are a constituent and ask them to please oppose these laws. And then maybe even ask your friends, family, and work associates to do the same.
Wikipedia has made this incredibly easy to do today. Just enter your zip code on their website, and they will provide you with all the numbers you need.
Let’s tell our government that we do not wish our freedom to create, learn and share on the world wide web to be taken away from us.