Anonymous Takes on US Anti-copyright Law with “Operation Blackout”
[Montréal, Québec, Canada -14°C] Yesterday, January 19, 2012, the “group” Anonymous (twitter: @anonops) returned to the public scene in response to the US Department of Justice shutting down of file-sharing MegaUpload’s website. They didn’t just shut down and disrupted a few minor websites, they went after the Department of Justice, Motion Picture Association of America, Universal Music, Belgian Anti-Piracy Federation, Recording Industry Association of America, Federal Bureau of Investigation, HADOPI law site, U.S. Copyright Office, Universal Music France, Senator Christopher Dodd, Vivendi France, The White House, BMI, Warner Music Group.
Why were these particular sites targeted? Because of their support or influence toward the US Congress vote for the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA and the Senates vote for the Protect IP Act (PIPA). The online protest movement against these two pieces of legislation was massive on January 18, when websites like Wikipedia, Google, WordPress, and many others went on strike to voice their opposition to the proposed censorship laws.