Protect IP Act and Commercial Felony Streaming Act (Bieber bill) introduced in Senate.
Overwhelming initial support: 40 co-sponsors, 11 at time of introduction
Protect IP Act passes Senate Judiciary Committee by unanimous voice vote.
Mark-up session is 7 minutes long and no amendments are debated.
Bill is placed on Senate calendar.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) immediately announces opposition
unanimous voice vote
4 million+ views over next 3 months on Vimeo + YouTube
31 co-sponsors (12 at time of introduction)
for supporting the felony-streaming provisions in S. 978 and SOPA
American Censorship Day is held to commemorate the House Judiciary Committee's first hearing on SOPA (6000 + websites)
1 million+ Congress contacts in one day
2 million petition signers
Boing Boing, Mozilla, Hype Machine, TechDirt agree to site takeover. 4Chan and 6,000 sites also take over their sites.
Unprecedented Tumblr blackout (first major web company direct action)
80,000 calls generated to Congress
Thousands of sites blacked out their logo all day
First mass political participation by web companies
Rep. Lofgren participates and censors her page
Reddit community becomes active on SOPA
subreddit /SOPA gains 10,000+ subscribers in just a few days
to House Judiciary Committee
One of the first major television coverage moments
(many TV news parent companies are SOPA supporters)
Huge online audience for the hearing
Dozens of amendments introduced and voted down
Web Goes on Strike: Largest Online Protest in History, precipitated by reddit.com, wikipedia and grassroots groups:
SOPA Strike Protest Happens
Largest online protest of all time
More than 1 billion people saw anti-SOPA messages on January 18
4 top-10, 13 top-100 US sites, 115,000 small and medium sites participated in strike, 50,000 blacked out all or part of site (Wordpress network: 27,000 blackout and 17,000 ribbons)
Largest participants include:
Imgur, Pinterest, Flickr, Amazon
10 million petition signers, 3 million emails, 100,000+ calls and 8 million Wikipedia call lookups to Congress opposing PIPA
3 million+ tweets mentioning "SOPA", "PIPA", "sopastrike", "blackoutSOPA", "stopSOPA"
Top 10 trending search terms on google: "sopa and pipa bills", "piracy", "censorship", "blackout"
Thousands protest outside senators’ offices in NYC, SF, Seattle, DC
Gallery of blacked-out sites and other actions here soon.
At least 13 senators backed away from the bill in one day. 5 co-sponsors dropped their support of the bill: Blunt, Boozman, Cardin, Hatch, and Rubio
1/19 PIPA Whipcount becomes meme of the day
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) plans fillibuster