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Protect IP/SOPA

January 18, 2012

On January 18, 2012, sites all over the internet will be blacking out to protest and try to mobilize more people to speak out against this bill coming up in the US Senate next week — S. 968: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — in an attempt to let U.S. lawmakers know how much opposition there is.

WordPress.com is making it possible for you to participate in the protest. There are two options: a “Stop Censorship” ribbon and a full blackout. The blackout portion will be in effect January 18 from 8am to 8pm EST, while the ribbon will be displayed until January 24. Here’s how to join in:

1: Go to Settings → Protest SOPA/PIPA in your dashboard.
2: Select if you want to join the blackout or show a ribbon.
3: If you choose to join the blackout, you can edit the message that will be shown on your site during the blackout.
4: Preview what your protest will look like.
5: Click “Save Changes” button to activate your protest.

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