New Google Chrome Extension Reveals SOPA Supporters

New Google Chrome Extension Reveals SOPA Supporters

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Chrome can now help anti-SOPA activists easily identify who to boycott or protest.

It seems difficult to make your way around the web these days without hearing about who does, doesn't, or did but now doesn't support SOPA, a potential, and somewhat draconian measure that would block access to any website thought to be in violation of copyright infringement. After the collective voice and actions of multiple netizens forced Go Daddy to drop support, many internet users are looking to use that momentum to continue the fight against this impending legislation. No SOPA, a newly created free extension for Chrome, is looking to help them by putting information in their hands.

Using No SOPA will cause a message to appear on your browser every time you visit a website that supports the measure, creating a bar with the words "SOPA Supporter! This company is a known supporter of the dangerous 'Stop Online Piracy Act'!" for you to dismiss at your leisure. Its creators hope this can serve to educate people as to who is currently working to push the act into law. What people do with that information, however, is their choice.

"Boycott? Nasty letter time? You decide," wrote Andy Baird and Tony Webster, the two guys behind the No SOPA extension.

The time for action, regardless of what type, is growing slim. Congress could meet on SOPA as early as January 17th, and the Senate could vote by the 24th.

If you're interested, you can download the extension here.

Source: ReadWriteWeb

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Nice I'd get it if they had an iPad version

I like it. "Here's the information, now decide what you want to do with it". It's classy.

Hell yeah, I'm getting this. No reason not to, if you ask me. Other than, you know, "I'm not using Chrome.". But if that is the case, shame on you!

I sure hope Google doesn't support SOPA.

Tested it on www.theesa.com and I got no message. Either they dropped support or it's not working properly.

No message on www.supportsopa.org either =_=. You'd think that one would be obvious (even if it might just be a retardedly official looking troll site).

Firefox version pl0x. I could use it to see which sites to ridicule.

DVS BSTrD:
I sure hope Google doesn't support SOPA.

Of course they dont silly, google are one of the major opponents to sopa as the bill would do damage to their business.

Sunrider84:
Hell yeah, I'm getting this. No reason not to, if you ask me. Other than, you know, "I'm not using Chrome.". But if that is the case, shame on you!

No love for firefox?

Meanwhile, Google themselves, who have more to lose from this bill passing than anyone else, have yet to so much as put a link to SOPA-related information on any of their homepages. And don't tell me it's "unethical to push a political agenda" on a public website. This isn't a thing that people can just agree to disagree on, like Democrat-vs-Republican. This is the very existence of the Internet we're talking about.

Here's the trouble with SOPA

For SOPA:
GoDaddy (still - they helped write it: Just "officially" against it now), Directors Guild of America, Disney, Harper Collins, Marvel, NFL, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner, Universal, Viacom - and probably Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft.

Against SOPA:
eBay (never wrong-doings there), Paypal (Violin smashers), AOL (They're still going?), Wikimedia (And here's a half page ad from Jimbo), Zynga (with their new SOPAville game), LinkedIn (information merchants)

Without any knowledge of SOPA, which side would you stick with?

Sunrider84:
Hell yeah, I'm getting this. No reason not to, if you ask me. Other than, you know, "I'm not using Chrome.". But if that is the case, shame on you!

Safari user and proud of it!

I'd probably use Chrome to check websites, but I don't go on a huge variety.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Here's the trouble with SOPA

For SOPA:
GoDaddy (still - they helped write it: Just "officially" against it now), Directors Guild of America, Disney, Harper Collins, Marvel, NFL, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner, Universal, Viacom - and probably Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft.

Against SOPA:
eBay (never wrong-doings there), Paypal (Violin smashers), AOL (They're still going?), Wikimedia (And here's a half page ad from Jimbo), Zynga (with their new SOPAville game), LinkedIn (information merchants)

Without any knowledge of SOPA, which side would you stick with?

It's a shame... all those big companies, and the "against" SOPA looks comparatively small scale.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Here's the trouble with SOPA

For SOPA:
GoDaddy (still - they helped write it: Just "officially" against it now), Directors Guild of America, Disney, Harper Collins, Marvel, NFL, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner, Universal, Viacom - and probably Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft.

Against SOPA:
eBay (never wrong-doings there), Paypal (Violin smashers), AOL (They're still going?), Wikimedia (And here's a half page ad from Jimbo), Zynga (with their new SOPAville game), LinkedIn (information merchants)

Without any knowledge of SOPA, which side would you stick with?

Also against SOPA
Google (perhaps the biggest internet business in the world), Facebook (800 million+ users) Reddit, Twitter (300 million+ users), Amazon, LinkedIn, plus a load more. It's pretty underhanded to just outline the 'questionable' businesses against SOPA when there are many more 'legitimate' ones.

Man my Marvel.com supports this trash?! Uhg...looks like I'll be without my comics for awhile.

DPeteD:

Sunrider84:
Hell yeah, I'm getting this. No reason not to, if you ask me. Other than, you know, "I'm not using Chrome.". But if that is the case, shame on you!

No love for firefox?

Not since Chrome came out.

Downloaded! This is a pretty neat extension idea, though I have yet to actually test it to see how it works.

DannyJBeckett:

Also against SOPA
Google (perhaps the biggest internet business in the world), Facebook (800 million+ users) Reddit, Twitter (300 million+ users), Amazon, LinkedIn, plus a load more. It's pretty underhanded to just outline the 'questionable' businesses against SOPA when there are many more 'legitimate' ones.

Google with their monopoly, Farcebook (Really? As Legitimate?), Reddit/Twitter (far from 'legitimate'), Amazon (Again, internet monopoly)

Regardless of 'legitimacy' - because every company up there has been involved in more than one dodgy case - this looks, to the unenlightened like a Internet Monopoly against it, with a Non-Internet monopoly supporting it.

Without knowledge of SOPA, who would you choose to go with as the lesser of two evils?

Disney or Farcebook?

It's like "Civil War" all over again.

DustyDrB:
I like it. "Here's the information, now decide what you want to do with it". It's classy.

El. Oh. El.

Reminds me of that one infamous video Fox News put out about those dastardly Yellow Van hating Internet Terrorists Superheros.

OT: Cant help but feel this will be used as a target locator for more vocal opponents of SOPA, but then again any person or company that supports something so damaging deserves it.

The_root_of_all_evil:

Google with their monopoly, Amazon (Again, internet monopoly)

Are these business any worse than Microsoft's 'embrace, extend and extinguish' business model? Or how about Disney? Or what about Harper Collins' parent company NewsCorp? Look up any recent news story about them and you'll see they're stuck in the middle of a massive legal furore over their investigating tactics (namely, hacking into people's phones, including that of a deceased teenager) all for the sake of selling a few more papers.

DannyJBeckett:

The_root_of_all_evil:

Google with their monopoly, Amazon (Again, internet monopoly)

Are these business any worse than Microsoft's 'embrace, extend and extinguish' business model? Or how about Disney? Or what about Harper Collins' parent company NewsCorp? Look up any recent news story about them and you'll see they're stuck in the middle of a massive legal furore over their investigating tactics (namely, hacking into people's phones, including that of a deceased teenager) all for the sake of selling a few more papers.

Exactly my point. Who IS the lesser evil in this case?

The case seems to rest upon Evil Internet Monopoly versus Evil Non-Internet Monopoly.

Who DO you trust?

(And, believe me, I know a LOT about News International's recent dealings)

Possibly a better question: Which side could you do without?

The_root_of_all_evil:

Exactly my point. Who IS the lesser evil in this case?

The case seems to rest upon Evil Internet Monopoly versus Evil Non-Internet Monopoly.

Who DO you trust?

(And, believe me, I know a LOT about News International's recent dealings)

Ok, I think I fully understand your position now (it takes me a while to understand anything beyond 'I don't like this').

Well personally, I'm with the 'evil internet monopoly', because these companies are showing an ability to adapt to a rapidly-changing medium such as the internet. Those who support SOPA are the ones who are failing/have failed to adapt, threatening their continued profitability, therefore they want it ruthlessly policed so as to minimise losses, no matter how badly their preferred mediums are struggling.

DannyJBeckett:

Ok, I think I fully understand your position now (it takes me a while to understand anything beyond 'I don't like this').

Yeah, my train of thought does tend towards "express" at times ;)

Well personally, I'm with the 'evil internet monopoly', because these companies are showing an ability to adapt to a rapidly-changing medium such as the internet. Those who support SOPA are the ones who are failing/have failed to adapt, threatening their continued profitability, therefore they want it ruthlessly policed so as to minimise losses, no matter how badly their preferred mediums are struggling.

But say Harper Collins, Penguin, Random House, Disney/Marvel, Time Warner all block Amazon...that's a good chunk of it's suppliers...

Equally, if Amazon or even Google blocked them...

Imagine Google blacking out search routes to Anti-SOPA members for an hour...they could quite easily turn this case with a single decision.

That's a level of controlling power far greater than Lulzsec or Anonymous could even dream of obtaining.

Scary.

I downloaded this the instant I saw this thread.
JUUSTIICE!

I implied this before, but the companies who publicly announce that they are against SOPA are probably just angling to get a foothold in your heart so that later they can turn it to their advantage, and could possibly have not read about the situation at all.

Haha, now nobody can hide!

The_root_of_all_evil:
Here's the trouble with SOPA

For SOPA:
GoDaddy (still - they helped write it: Just "officially" against it now), Directors Guild of America, Disney, Harper Collins, Marvel, NFL, Penguin, Random House, Time Warner, Universal, Viacom - and probably Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft.

Against SOPA:
eBay (never wrong-doings there), Paypal (Violin smashers), AOL (They're still going?), Wikimedia (And here's a half page ad from Jimbo), Zynga (with their new SOPAville game), LinkedIn (information merchants)

Without any knowledge of SOPA, which side would you stick with?

I'd go with Valve. There is always a third option, of course!

OT: Too bad I only use internet explorer.
(and don't start telling me how bad or virus ridden IE is, it's been the best browser for me so far!)

While I don't support SOPA at all, I don't like this either. It reminds me of bullying.

Everything I've read about this tells me that it really doesn't work most of the time. Anyway, it seems like a waste of time.

Well, sure, boycott those companies. Properly boycott them, don't consume anything they create. Yeah, see how long that lasts -_-.

 

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