SOPA/PIPA Are Gone, But a Kickstarter Project Wants to Flush Them, Literally
SOPA and PIPA might have been killed, but a Kickstarter project is seeking to bring them back by printing them on toilet paper.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) might have met their demise following a massive public outcry and an Internet blackout, but now a Kickstarter project wants to ensure that the job is done by flushing the acts away, literally.
The project isn’t beating around the bush regarding feelings about the two acts – it seeks to print SOPA and PIPA on toilet paper.
Craig R., the individual behind the project who would prefer to remain anonymous, explained to DigitalTrends his reasons for the SOPA/PIPA TP.
“I felt that no one really knew how to symbolize their frustrations with this bill,” he said. “Additionally, the anti-SOPA/PIPA groups appeared to be scattered across the Internet. Typically groups with this sort of momentum have a physical emblem to bring them together… I asked myself what could motivate these demonstrators to forge a common alliance.”
What better to unite people behind a cause than rallying them to collectively practice wipe their behinds with the thing they’re protesting?
The campaign is looking to raise a total of $2,000, but it’s got a ways to go; It’s only earned $311 from 18 backers and there are only four days left. Kickstarter works on an all or nothing system. If a project doesn’t meet its previously-established goal in the allotted time, it doesn’t get any of the funds pledged.
Pledge at least a dollar and you’ll get your name printed on the roll in the section called “contributors”. For $3 or more, you’ll get that plus your choice of either a SOPA or a PIPA roll in the mail. For $5 you’ll get both rolls. The prizes get a bit sillier from there. For example, $13 or more gets you a 500 words (profanity excluded) under the “Bathroom Reading” section of the roll, and $25 or more will get you a t-shirt that reads “Flush SOPA/PIPA. I did.”
Fortunately, SOPA and PIPA are no longer being considered. For more on the topic, see the Top 5 Objections to SOPA, PIPA and PCMag analysts’ take on the bills, as well as the slideshow below, which features screen shots from Web sites that participated in the Internet blackout in protest.
By Leslie Horn, PCMag