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O'Reilly Media is one of the largest publishers of technical writing and geekery on the market. It has not only been around since the birth of the Internet, but it is one of the most recognisable brands in the publishing market.
On the blackout page, Tim O'Reilly said: "We’re in one of the greatest periods of social and business transformation since the Industrial Revolution, a transformation driven by the open architecture of the Internet. New technologies, new companies, and new business models appear every day, creating benefits to society and the economy. But now, fundamental elements of that Internet architecture are under attack."
You can read O'Reilly's comments here.
The EFF has been a cornerstone to the online privacy battle, and it goes without saying, their campaigns have helped the web remain as free and open as it is. As a purveyor of online rights and justice, the organisation is urging everyone to join the battle against SOPA and PIPA.
But because the EFF is such an important figure in the SOPA fight, it has blacked out, but not restricted its site.
The EFF said: "On the 18th, EFF will censor our banner logo and black out the background of eff.org. We’ve also created a new activism platform at http://blacklist.eff.org. Sites are encouraged to direct traffic here so users can contact Congress to make their voices heard in opposition to this misguided censorship legislation."
You can read the EFF's comments here.
Flickr is the largest photo-sharing site on the web, with over 6 billion images. Launched in 2004, the site has gone from strength to strength. But the entire site is threatened by copyright infringement claims under SOPA, should it go through. Flickr could crumble based on a rogue claim, or even a legitimate one.
Flickr will allow users to darken their photos, or opt-out altogether.
The company said: "Unfortunately, we and many others believe that these bills miss the mark. These bills have the potential to stifle innovation, require censorship of search results, impose monitoring obligations, and change the way information is distributed on the web. Government regulation of online activities is a slippery slope and these proposed bills fall down that slope without truly addressing the issues that ignited this debate".
You can read Flickr's comments here.