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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT

Tiffiniy Cheng, Holmes Wilson

press@fightforthefuture.org

Phone: (508) 474-5248

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LARGEST ONLINE PROTEST IN HISTORY BY THE NUMBERS

The web went on strike en masse yesterday. 115,000+ websites and over 13 million+ internet users participated in yesterday's online protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate. Around 50,000 websites blacked out their sites completely or most of the site, with 4 top 10 and 13 top 100 sites participated by blacking out or driving contacts to Congress. Hundreds of millions of people viewed, listened to, watched, or attended some part of the day, in anticipation of the vote on PIPA in the Senate on January 24.

Having started with just 5 senators opposed to PIPA at the start of the new year, now internet users can count the 36 senators that have come out and publicly opposed to the bill, including 5 who were formerly co-sponsors. Many offices' phone lines were taken offline due to the call traffic and many senator webpages' simply stopped working due to the barrage of visits and emails being sent to them.  

Grassroots groups and internet users have organized over 30+ in-person meetings with senators and their staff, attendance at 30+ townhall meetings, 3 street protests, and the effort continues until the day of the vote next Tuesday. On Tuesday, when 5 senators led by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) plan to filibuster the vote on cloture, groups will be a planning a live-audience engagement with the filibuster. Audience members can submit comments, stories, and testimonials of internet-based moments in history that will be read by the senators during the filibuster. A live stream will be set up for the public to get involved and to watch the proceedings.

These bills have become a mainstream issue -- because of the strike, they were a top story for most news outlets, a trending topic on social media sites, and a buzz topic in offices and homes across the country. Members of Congress are dropping their support for the bills in droves. People have a sense that yesterday’s actions had a huge impact, but here are most of the numbers to confirm (some of the largest numbers are still coming in):

For up to date information, please see: http://www.sopastrike.com/numbers and http://www.sopastrike.com/timeline

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Google

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The Senate

List of Senators who came out with opposition statements/statements expressing concern on 1/18 alone (more info is here: http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2463-PIPA-Protest-Roundup-and-Whip-Count-Summary)

Hatch -- http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/204895-hatch-latest-to-reverse-support-of-piracy-bill?utm_campaign=HilliconValley&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  

Rubio -- https://www.facebook.com/SenatorMarcoRubio/posts/340889625936408  

Risch -- http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57361237-281/protests-lead-to-weakening-support-for-protect-ip-sopa/  

Ayotte -- http://ayotte.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=400  

Inhofe -- http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=f2998e23-fbaa-5dfd-c98a-9a71c579b2b0  

Merkley -- https://twitter.com/#%21/SenJeffMerkley/status/159678431406202881  

DeMint -- https://twitter.com/#%21/JimDeMint/status/159622833293635585  

Vitter -- https://twitter.com/#%21/JimDeMint/status/159622833293635585  

Roberts -- https://www.facebook.com/SenPatRoberts/posts/315933441785061  

Begich -- https://www.facebook.com/Begich/posts/349325338413497  

Boozman -- http://www.facebook.com/notes/john-boozman/lets-address-the-concerns-over-the-protect-ip-act/269413856459340  

Reed -- http://blogs.wpri.com/2012/01/18/whitehouse-bucks-wikipedia-stays-sponsor-of-protect-ip-act/  

Sanders -- http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20120118/BUSINESS05/120118014/Leahy-defends-anti-piracy-bills-amid-protests-opposition-from-Sanders-Welch?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cp%20target=

Murray -- https://twitter.com/#!/PattyMurray/status/159810120358961152

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