For those who aren't too fond of the SOPA and PIPA bills that are currently on hold in Washington, there's an amusing project over on Kickstarter that's trying to print the text of both onto rolls of toilet paper. So far the movement has 12 backers totaling a pledge of $188, but at this point, it has a lot of catching up to do in order to meet its goal of $2,000 in the next five days.
So why print SOPA and PIPA on toilet paper? Do you really need to ask? The bills essentially took the "take action now, ask questions later" route by letting IP owners take action against accused copyright violators without a single court appearance. Websites could be blacklisted and blocked merely by linking to a video hosted elsewhere that might have the slightest evidence of unlicensed material.
But after a lot of thrashing from the public and a mass online blackout back in January, the bills were finally put on hold, but threats of revisions still linger Washington's halls. Since their delay, little else has rolled out of Congress concerning the controversial bills. Craig on the other hand, the guy behind the Kickstarter project (who would rather not provide his real name in fear of a lashing by his employer), actually wants to see the two bills printed on paper... toilet paper, that is.
"SOPA/PIPA on TP is a gag outrage item that offers users a chance to express themselves regarding these two proposed bills in untold new ways," he states. "Let SOPA PIPA finally have some practical use for once. Share it with your friends. Share it with your family. Or share it with your local representative!"
Craig will also provide space on the rolls for messages from other contributors so that the end user will have a little extra giggle during potty time.
"They will be pasted at the end of the SOPA or PIPA bill text," the page reads. "This is so that you can read what others have posted regarding SOPA, PIPA, their opinion of our legislation, the rain in Seattle, their mother-in-law's constant complaining in the car... you get the picture. It's a paper based discussion board that feels great between your fingers!"
Craig told DigitalTrends that he felt no one really knew how to symbolize their frustrations with the bills (although the internet blackout did a good job). Plus protestors seemed scattered across the internet. What better way is there to forge a common alliance than to use a nice, soft roll of toilet paper? It's a common necessity.
"I understand the controversy brewing in the online community over these two proposed bills so I expect the product will be used partly as a compliment to performance art, demonstrations and gatherings and partly as a way for owners to communicate group affiliation," he says.
Let the good times roll, we say.