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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.
Tor, an online anonymity network, allows people to technically circumvent SOPA should it become law. However, its existence is threatened by the bill should it become law.
"Now, while we hear that DNS-blocking is off the table, the bills remain threatening to the network of intermediaries who carry online speech. Most critically to Tor, SOPA contained a provision forbidding "circumvention" of court-ordered blocking that was written broadly enough that it could apply to Tor -- which helps its users to "circumvent" local-network censorship", read the blog post.
You can read Tor's comments here.
XDA-Developers, is a site of over 4 million users, allows others to hack and discuss Windows Phone, Android, and webOS phones. It is a fantastic online community where software is modified and edited to simply make it better.
"Along with Reddit and many other sites, we have decided to go dark (beginning at 8AM ET) for a period of time today in protest of pending Internet-related legislation in the US. Our goal is not to raise awareness of this legislation. We assume most of you know all about it. Our goal is encourage users like you to get involved", the static page read.
It also said that once 50,000 U.S. visitors have signed their pledge on the page, the site will return.
You can read XDA-Developer's comments here.