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Tucows Developer Alert about SOPA

This message is to let you know about an important initiative Tucows is taking part in on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 that may impact you.

The proposed SOPA legislation is fundamentally flawed in how it works and the damage it is likely to do to the Internet, which has been the greatest platform for innovation the world has ever seen. For that reason Tucows will be joining the blackout organized by our friends at Reddit by blacking out the Tucows Software Download site on January 18th, 2012 from 8 AM to 8 PM EST (1300-0100 UTC).

Published: Jan 12, 2012
Author: Tucows

Dear Developers,

This message is to let you know about an important initiative Tucows is taking part in on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 that may impact you.

The proposed SOPA legislation is fundamentally flawed in how it works and the damage it is likely to do to the Internet, which has been the greatest platform for innovation the world has ever seen. For that reason Tucows will be joining the blackout organized by our friends at Reddit by blacking out the Tucows Software Download site on January 18th, 2012 from 8 AM to 8 PM EST (1300-0100 UTC).

During the 12-hour Blackout period, we will be displaying a full-screen overlay that will obscure the Download site pages and block access to them. This overlay will include information about why Tucows is participating in the Stop SOPA Blackout Day.

How will this impact you?

There will be few or no user interactions and downloads from Tucows.com/downloads during the blackout period. You will still be able to access your accounts in the Author Resource Centre and can continue to manage your keywords and update your products as you like, keeping in mind that normal service and site updates will return after the 12-hour blackout period.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that our participation in the Stop SOPA Blackout Day may cause for you, but at the same time we urge you to consider how dangerous to all users of the Internet the SOPA legislation is if it were to become a reality. We thank you for your continued business and support, and we look forward to stopping SOPA in its tracks!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your listing in Tucows.com/Downloads please let us know by emailing developer@tucows.com.

For more information about our participation in the Stop SOPA Blackout Day, visit:

http://tucowsinc.com/news/2012/01/why-we-dont-like-sopa/

Thank you from all of us here at Tucows!


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