Reporters' Roundtable: SOPA blacks out the Web

Today, several high-profile sites "blacked out" in protest of the SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills. What effect are these actions having on the Web, and the legislation? We discuss with Declan McCullagh of CNET and Trevor Timm of the EFF.

Hope you're not trying to do homework today. Or buy a motorcycle. Both Wikipedia and Craigslist blocked themselves to protest the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), two bills getting close to votes in Congress.

Other sites showed protests of their own, including Google, which put a black "censored" bar over the logo on its search page.

What impact will these protests have on these laws, and on the Web itself? Will we soon be seeing more sites take themselves offline to draw attention to other causes?

We have two great guests to discuss the protests today: Our own Declan McCullagh, who's been covering these issues for CNET News; and Trevor Timm, who actually has the title of "Activist" at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Discussion points:
Some background: How many sites are down? What are the big ones?

What impact is this having? On users? On politicians?

Who's opposed to the protests, and why?

Help us understand the wildly different spin we're getting from the supporters and opponents of these bills.

What's next for PIPA and SOPA?

Will we see more protests like these?

Watch the show to learn more.

 

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