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SOPA opponents take their fight to the streets

Real-world demonstrations planned for tomorrow to coincide with several Web sites' blackouts protesting the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

The protests against SOPA are apparently not limited to the Internet.

As Web sites such as Wikipedia, Google, and Craigslist go dark and post messages protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act--SOPA's senate sister--opponents are also organizing real-world protests against the controversial bills.

The goal, according to one Web site, is to put a human face to the online protests and focus media attention on the legislation, which is currently under consideration in Congress.

The protests, by city:

New York: An anti-SOPA/PIPA rally is planned for 12:30 p.m. ET in New York outside the offices of Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand at 780 Third Ave. (at 49th Street).

San Francisco: An anti-SOPA/PIPA rally is planned for noon PT at Civic Center. Venture capitalist Ron Conway is scheduled to speak at the rally, which the Electronic Frontier Foundation is helping to organize.

Seattle: An anti-SOPA/PIPA event is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. PT in Westlake Center, Amazon Square (South Lake Union), and at another location to be determined in Bellevue.

[Via GigaOm]