SOPA is great for creativity
You can’t fail to have noticed that some of the biggest names on the web have come out against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and it’s twin sister Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Critics claim that if passed, these Acts will destroy freedom on the Internet. This may well be true, but so far SOPA/PIPA have been great for creativity.
The press has been full of the news that Wikipedia shut down today, no doubt impacting students and agency planners across the globe. But it was far from alone. Thousands of websites joined the protest including Firefox, Craigslist, and WordPress.
This produced some great examples of creativity ranging from Wikipedia’s uncharacteristically well-designed blackout page, to Google’s stark censored logo.
Wired’s censored page is another great design example:
My personal favourite comes from The Oatmeal, which makes good use of animated gifs to make its point. I don’t know how long it will remain up, so check it out before it’s gone: http://theoatmeal.com/sopa
Many of the anti SOPA sites have already come down, but the Los Angeles Times has helpfully captured some of the most notable examples.
No matter how you feel about SOPA and PIPA, there is no denying that the protest against the Acts have brought out some great examples of creativity on the web.