On Wednesday from 8 am EST to 8 pm EST, Dear Author will join others like WordPress and Wikipedia in going dark. We are joining these other sites in solidarity to protest SOPA and PIPA, in their current incarnation, bills that will be used to censor the internet.
Think of it this way. A number of authors host their own message boards. If one user posts a link to an image of a hot guy that is copyrighted, someone else could get that author’s site pulled down. If an author posted a video from YouTube that used copyrighted songs, that author could be in violation of the law and have access to her site blocked.
A protest against this bill is not a protest against the fight against piracy. Instead, it is a statement in support of a due process, the right to be heard, the right to be presumed innocent of wrongdoing until proof has been made.
Tomorrow some sites around the internet will be black to display what the outcome of PIPA/SOPA could be, if passed. But don’t take my word for it. I urge you to spend some time tomorrow reading up about the law.