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SOPA/PIPA blackout: ‘The Day the LOLcats Died’

SOPA blackout day is a dark day — literally. With a black bar across Google’s logo and other sites turning their robust user-driven sites into a single black page. One team, though, avoided donning black, and chose instead to sing out its angst with this viral video “The Day the LolCats Died.”

They can take our lives, but they can’t take our LOLcats! That’s the message from Seattle Against SOPA, which sings the potential effects of SOPA set to the tune of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

Seattle Against SOPA isn’t the first to spread awareness of the bill through song. Last month, Leah Kaufman (who created “I Got a Crush on Obama”) and British rapper Dan Bull wrote songs about SOPA, firewalls, and Internet freedom. Watch here.

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What happens when the Internet gets mad

Wonkblog: Sen. Wyden’s fight to stop SOPA

Life Without Wikipedia: Try an encyclopedia

Innovations: Is Wikipedia still relevant?

Wikipedia blackout: An #altwiki band-aid

Maura Judkis covers culture, food, and the arts.


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