The world’s websites get on their SOPA box. Today, around the world, websites have either blacked out or gone offline to protest the The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA),which was introduced into the US House of Representatives last October. As Gizmodo Australia explains:

“The beating heart of SOPA is the ability of intellectual property owners (read: movie studios and record labels) to effectively pull the plug on foreign sites against whom they have a copyright claim. If Warner Bros, for example, says that a site in Italy is torrenting a copy of The Dark Knight, the studio could demand that Google remove that site from its search results, that PayPal no longer accept payments to or from that site, that ad services pull all ads and finances from it, and — most dangerously — that the site’s ISP prevent people from even going there.”

You can check out the full list of protesting websites here, meanwhile here’s what a few popular websites look like today …

Wikipedia:

Reddit:

Imgur:

WordPress.org:

Twitpic:

BoingBoing:

Wired:

Greenpeace International:

And even Peter Gabriel:

Front page of the day. There are three certanties in life: death, taxes and that when the New York Post goes you, it really goes you …

The Department of Corrections. UK actor Neil Morrissey may have starred in TV series Men Behaving Badly but the UK Daily Mail are the ones in trouble …

Leveson inquiry: ‘Kate Middleton cover crossed the line’

“The editor of celebrity magazine OK! has denied to the Leveson inquiry that a recent front page about the Duchess of Cambridge ‘crossed a barrier’.” — The Guardian

Strauss-Kahn’s wife to edit Huffington Post in France

“The French journalist Anne Sinclair, who is married to the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has been chosen to edit the French edition of The Huffington Post, the news Web site, which is being set up in partnership with the newspaper Le Monde.” — New York Times

Advertiser tells 2Day to tune out Sandilands

“Radio station 2DayFM must dump its outspoken announcer Kyle Sandilands, the executive who oversees the federal government’s advertising planning and placement said.” — The Australian

Radio industry to test digital measurement system

“The radio industry is to take some of its first steps towards an electronic system to increase the accuracy and speed of how it measures and reports audiences.” — mUmBRELLA

The art of the ‘Twinterview’: how to conduct a micro-chat

“I decided to use the micro-blogging site to conduct a real-time Q&A with an author while unsuspecting followers watched. How clever, I told myself. How madcap! How wrong I was. But here, tweeters, is how to do it right.” — Social Times

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