At 1pm GMT tomorrow (Jan 18) we will take libcom offline in solidarity with the "SOPA strike" and in opposition to a more restrictive internet.
This kind of protest is new, as befits new areas of contestation, which the internet had developed into. We do not know yet if such tactics can work, if it is possible for such tactics to place economic pressure on governments, or if such movements can have any class content. But at this point, we feel it is worth a try. While we clearly have differences with many of the major websites involved, we believe there to be the potential for positive communist content, and the rejection of notions capitalist property rights in the free distribution of pirated content. This remains the case whether Wikipedia or icanhazcheeseburger like it or not.
SOPA and related legislation have importance well beyond the boundaries of the US nation state. And so, opposition to it must spread beyond such boundaries too. On the internet, more than anywhere, adherence to national borders makes no sense. In this small way, we join the many thousands of others worldwide taking digital direct action against repressive internet legislation.
The downtime is scheduled to last 12 hours. If you want to save a few long articles to read, you should do so before 1pm GMT on Wednesday Jan 18.
- libcom.org group