CNN Headline News is playing in the Chicago airport as I await my return flight. As I type this from my phone they are reporting a rumor that Google, Facebook, twitter and numerous other Internet companies are planning to go offline for a day. The purpose of the internet blackout, the rumor claims, is to draw attention to SOPA and the dangerous precedent that it will set. Just another example of the influence the Stop Online Piracy Act has on Internet operations. Companies fear these restrictions and regulations so badly they would shut down the Internet before being forced to submit to them.


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