Some local websites are joining behemoths like Wikipedia and going dark today to protest the U.S. House of Representatives' Stop Online Piracy Act and the Senate's Protect Intellectual Property Act.
They say the bills will needlessly censor websites, limit start-ups and innovation and kill off jobs.
"If either bill passes- artists will face new penalties, organizers and Human Rights activists will face censorship, and all of us could lose the right to free speech online," said a release from Spiral Q Puppet Theater, one of the sites blacking out today.
Nationwide, the sites include Reddit, Twitpic, Wordpress, Wired.com and Moveon.org. Google is observing the day with a black bar over their logo. Craigslist goes dark and makes the user read a message about the legislation before it can be accessed.
Joining them locally are Drink Philly, the Northwest Progressive Institute, Spiral Q and Phawker. We will continue to update the list.