January 18 captured: A SOPA blackout gallery

Image credits: Wikipedia's SOPA blackout page
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I'll be updating this post throughout the day with more images of sites that have joined the SOPA blackout. Leave a comment with any site you'd like to be added to the gallery, which will remain here after the blackout is over. Also note that these are "above the fold" screencaps--if you have full-page captures, please feel free to send them, and I will try to get as many of those myself as possible by the end of the day.

Click an image to see a larger version. And if you've been here before, you might want to head on to page 2 of the gallery.





Links to Google's End Piracy, Not Liberty page


DC Craigslist


Several sites are using this spotlight overlay, created by Zachary Johnson in Cyberspace (Zachstronaut) and released on Github, LibreOffice, Michael Moore, Postsecret and Greenpeace


Flickr is allowing each user to put the following blackout image over 10 of their pictures:





The following image is from WordPress.org. WordPress also made it easy for its hosted bloggers to participate. Their sites look similar to this screen, but with the individual blog's name replacing "WORDPRESS.ORG."




Questionable Content


The Oatmeal




Board Game Geek







(logo change only)


Ars Technica




Boing Boing


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)




O'Reilly Media




Free Software Foundation and GNU.org sites


Paul Scott


Nearly Free Speech


OSO Labs


Fedora Project





Backwoods Home




Metal Archives


Girls with Slingshots




Something Positive


Fresh Ports






Creative Commons


Steve Jackson Games


MAKE, CRAFT, and MakerShed






XDA Developers


InnWIKItion and Socialistes d'Albal






I Can Has Cheezburger




Internet Archive






Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab


The Real Paul Jones


Daniel Solis











2600 has sliding text. The full content reads:

2600 is unavailable. We've joined a 24 hour darkness campaign in protest of bills like SOPA and PIPA. Such bills could make sites like ours permanently dark. You may have heard that the battle is won, that SOPA and PIPA have no chance of passage. Don't be misled.

Your actions and awareness have already made a HUGE difference, but bills like these will always be around in every corner of the globe, waiting for the net community to let down its guard.

This show of solidarity is only one way to demonstrate our power and the willingness of people to stand together. Thanks for being a part of it by reading. Please learn more at this site. To join the protest, visit here. To contact your elected representative, go to https://blacklists.eff.org


A Day Without Takei


Free Internet Press


Red 5 Studios


Major League Gaming


Peter Gabriel, Real World Studios, and related sites


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Kevin Fenzi's picture

The fedoraproject wiki:

and the fedoraproject.org front page:

Not blacked out, but banners. ;)

OSOLABS's picture

Mikael "MMN-o" Nordfeldth's picture

http://wordpress.com/ is doing it too! .)

jreynman's picture

At last Wikipedia did it! How about other giants?
Another corporate voice on SOPA with a nice clip:

Unidentified's picture

http://www.libreoffice.org/ blacked out, with a link to navigate to a regular site.

Beverly Pearl's picture
Open Minded

NearlyFreeSpeech.NET has blacked out their site and offered a one-click option to customers to do the same for their own.

Here's what it looks like on mine:

My son (and technical contact) has also blacked out his half-dozen sites.

All of the Free Software Foundation sites (eg. fsf.org, gnu.org, etc.) are also blacked out, as is one of my son's favorite niche news sites, osnews.com.

Mark Moore's picture

Added http://nwlinux.com to the fight against SOPA/PIPA

paulscott56's picture

Not a very big site, but my personal site at www.paulscott.za.net

I blacked it out this morning and received around 50 emails from concerned readers about what my ISP had done. I had to explain to them that it was regarding PIPA/SOPA and eventually changed the blackout page to reflect that. In some ways, it was too effective!

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Community Member


Salvador Pérez

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Community Member

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bujku 's picture

Distrowatch seems not taking any particular action. Strangely enough, the same is true for Debian, ArchLinux, Mandriva, FreeBSD, PCLinuxOS, FreeBSD, Mint, Ubuntu, Sabayon, Slackware, Knoppix, Mepis, Ubuntustudio, KDE, Zenwalk, Linuxfromscratch, Openbsd, Xfce, GNOME and KDE.

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suehle's picture
Open Source Sensei

I don't see anything unusual on dailymile. Is it a popup or something odd?

pantherchild's picture

There's a banner across the dailymile image in the upper left hand corner that says STOP CENSORSHIP and links to http://americancensorship.org/ . It appears to only show if you're logged in.

Here's a screencap: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pantherchild/6720548823/

Unidentified's picture

http://www.2600.com (slideshow)

pantherchild's picture

There's a banner across the dailymile image in the upper left hand corner that says STOP CENSORSHIP and links to http://americancensorship.org/ . It appears to only show if you're logged in.

Here's a screencap: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pantherchild/6720548823/

Also, add Flickr to the list (though, it's opt-in): http://www.flickr.com/photos/pantherchild/6720544771/

suehle's picture
Open Source Sensei

Got them, thanks! I'll upload them shortly.

pantherchild's picture

:'( That's hitting the internet where it hurts.


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Unidentified's picture

Craigslist has a splash page too. Here's what I wrote to my reps via Wikipedia's convenient links to their contact pages:

Please reject PIPA (Senate 968) & SOPA (HR 3261). This poorly written legislation can severely cripple one of America's most innovative and profitable industries. Funding for new development will promptly dry up, courts will be overwhelmed, and even my dear old parents' simple needs will be constrained.

The intended benefits to our entertainment industry are a mirage. Intellectual property piracy will still flourish internationally, and domestic access will not be dramatically reduced for even the moderately skilled internet user.

Since sixth grade at Pinehurst Middle School in 1982, I have been blessed with our state's best education, including access to computer and internet technology. I have both contributed to and benefited from this particularly American innovation and entrepreneurship.

Please don't put up roadblocks to my livelihood in North Carolina. Refuse to support SOPA and PIPA as they currently stand. This legislation needs to be severely reworked if it's to achieve any positive result without severe consequences.

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mikem's picture
Open Enthusiast

Barry Peddycord's picture

deviantArt has a little button where it normally puts advertisements in its top bar encouraging users to go to a post discussing SOPA.


Unidentified's picture

www.soup.io cencored its logo.

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paulbooker's picture
Open Minded


Stu's picture

haxorpcs.com is dark

Unidentified's picture

www.explosm.net blacked out

threethirty0's picture

are blacked out

has a blocked out logo

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Open Minded

Not completely blacked-out, but supporters

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ads on top "censored" and all posts blacked out

Mustafa Neguib's picture

banners have been added for quite a few days.

Shane's picture

http://cuteoverload.com is black today.

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Tryggvi Björgvinsson's picture

The independent music distribution site Gogoyoko (which advocates for fair play in music - allows users to stream without cost and artitst to sell their music directly to users) is blacked out in protest:

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Header, and seems like default theme is "Twilight"