Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian on SOPA Shutdown

Thursday, January 19, 2012

More than 7,000 websites shut themselves down on Wednesday in a one-day protest of the anti-piracy bills now in Congress. The blackout has some U.S. lawmakers thinking twice about voting for the bills. The Protect IP Act, or PIPA, lost support from two former co-sponsors, Republican Senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn.'s co-founder, Alexis Ohanian, talks about why his website joined in on the blackout and if he thinks it was a success.



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Jessie Henshaw from way uptown

There's always something suspicious when gigantic corporations argue that they don't have time to stop people from using their services for criminal behavior... isn't there? Pulling out the protest stops like this, while the darn bill is STILL IN MARK-UP seems ridiculous too.

Why isn't the message, "Yes, we know the web has an endemic security problem, but it's the web designers that need to solve it for the whole system at once. Please give us some money to do so"

No, that's not the message it's "Hey, hand of my money dimwit", which shows as little understanding of the problem as they criticize others for.

Jan. 19 2012 11:00 AM

Technically, the company that assigns web addresses called ICANN can be prosecuted by the government for enabling or facilitating illegal websites.

Jan. 19 2012 10:27 AM

Comparing Winikipeida to China or even a power utility that could severely disrupt society is ridiculous on its face.
Speaking of "accepted unquestionably", "spin", and the disruption of society; where was this pointed challenge of the Occupy movement and "the nature of the protest" in the last few months? If yesterdays protest is to be judged so intensely than does that mean in comparison the Occupy protests were more about inflicting pain than education?

Jan. 19 2012 08:48 AM

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