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Making the best of a bad situation - SOPA mocking memes

Censorship acts like SOPA have rocked the foundations of the Internet community, and now thanks to Wednesday's blackout collaboration more people are aware of the dangers of this legislation. However, people also like to make light of a bad situation, and this selection of memes is the proof.
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Although not strictly a meme, this particular Facebook photo cover deserves pride of place. 

Available on Free Timeline covers, it encourages Facebook users to portray their displeasure concerning the SOPA bill and its potential 'breaking of the Internet'. The meme uses Mickey Mouse as a motif for the entertainment and music industry. 

It is one of a huge number of timeline covers that have appeared across free distribution sites that protest the legislation in its own small way.

 

Source: Free Time line covers

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The famous saying of Gandalf's in The Lord of the Rings trilogy has inspired memes across the Internet -- ranging in topics from study to political moves. Now, it seems, SOPA has caught the limelight.

 

 

Source: Troll.me

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This meme was aimed at Lamar Smith, who is a chief sponsor of the bill. Surrounded by different forms of opposition, the image trys to demonstrate how some people feel Congress have not been listening to those they are meant to represent. 

Smith, so far, is defiant in the face of overwhelming criticism. 

"I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property." The congressman said in a statement.  

 

Source: We know memes

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The creators of this meme called it 'one of the saddest days in history' when Internet users started creating viral memes to mock American legislation, rather than remaining light hearted.

Wikipedia may be down for the day (although there are ways to get around the blackout), but in order to spread the message, it is worth the inconvenience. For a bill that could strangle free speech, deter investment in digital business, and give too much power to a government, its a fair price if it can make any headway in changing the bill to a sensible option.

Memes may not be much of a political situation, but we could all use a laugh when faced with the battle of getting the bill firmly in its grave. At least, in its current form. 

 

Source: Memebase

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This Spongebob Square pants meme comments on how many comparisons one can make against bills like SOPA and PIPA, against China's famous Internet firewall. 

Not only would the bill in its current form potentially destroy any website that had an interactive base -- such as a comment system, or any user-generated content, but it could also create a global 'blacklist' that would be controlled by the U.S. government.

 

Source: Memebase

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The point of many Internet sensation memes is to make a mockery of a topic or idea. 

This SOPA-inspired image pinpoints the potential hypocrisy of a government that in one breath denounces censorship, and then chooses to introduce it under a different guise. 

 

Source: Tumblr

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A Futurama inspired meme that has been exchanged across social networks for the past month.

 

Source: Warming Glow

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Other memes have played on the legislation's wording, for example, mocking 'SOPA' as the Portuguese translation for 'soup'. 

The concept may be over simplified, but the meaning is clear. 

On the topic of animals, one enterprising gentlemen even went as far to write a song about SOPA -- 'The day the LOLcats died'.

 

Source: Tumblr

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