Reddit Co-Founder: SOPA Protest Shows Democracy Works

In a recent interview with Politico, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said that the protests last month against SOPA proved that democracy can still work if enough people get involved.

"It’s motivating because this was a decentralized movement. Lots of people with great ideas started contributing and it started to get momentum," Ohanian added. "This idea went viral. It’s powerful when you think we’ve now hit this critical mass. We can get a message out there that actually affects politicians."

Ohanian told the publication that he would not rule out blacking out the site again – if the community of users calls for it. He also added that the Internet knows that blacking out the site all the time is not a good idea either and causes that type of protest to lose value with repetition.

And while Ohanian admitted that online piracy is a problem, he said that the best way for rights holders to fight is by innovating.

There's a lot more that Ohanian has to say about the subject at Politico. The article features a multi-part interview with Ohanian tackling on various topics.

Source: Politico

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