[OSM-talk] OSM downtime as protest against SOPA?

Sven Clement sven.clement at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 00:19:07 GMT 2012


Why not reconfigure mapnik to render the US boundary polygon with a
black fill during the sopablackout?

Would send a message without influencing HOT ;)


This message was sent from my smartphone, thus I ask you to forgive me
typos and my briefness

On 17.01.2012, at 00:25, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:

> Wikipedia, I imagine, has a large following of users that are unaware
> of SOPA; their blackout will introduce the issue to an enormous number
> of Internet users. I don't think an OSM blackout would have a similar
> effect.
> Many map nerds would no doubt be inconvenienced, however.
> Joseph
> 2012/1/16 Matthias Meißer <digi_c at arcor.de>:
>> Hi,
>> first of all, sorry for bringing political discussions to the community, as
>> I always understand OSM as a political neutral space (we do creating maps,
>> nothing else).
>> But some of you might noticed that _Wikipedia will make a downtime_ at
>> Wednesday as a form of protest against the Stop Piracy Act (SOPA)
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOPA
>> As this law endangers the creation and exchange of free material, too
>> ('shutdown OSM/jamendo/.../ as it seems that they copied my property!'), I
>> would like to ask, if we might support the wikipedia action?
>> I have no idea, if this could be technicaly done by the Admins, or what kind
>> of protest (complete shutdown, serving demo tiles, locking database, ... a
>> banner) would be accepted by the most of us. I just like to notify you, and
>> maybe start a discussion.
>> thanks
>> Matthias
>> (user:!i!)
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