Geeks Converge on NYC to Protest Anti-Piracy Bills (Photos)

Geeks converge on NYC to protest anti-piracy bills.

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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, looking quite sharp in his suite, called the meetup "one of the geekiest, most rational protests in American history."

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SOPA, PIPA, this sign says, are not only bad for New York…they're bad bills for cats. In a sense this protester is suggesting the bills are bad for the Internet, because cats are essentially the spirit animal of the Web.

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"WTF Chuck?" this sign asked of Senator Chuck Schumer. "Fight for the future." The Senator's eyes are censored, a nod to the alleged implications the PIPA and SOPA bills could have on the Internet.

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"Can I has Freedoms," this sign asks, which features a cat holding the Bill of Rights.

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Protesters hold their signs high as they march through Times Square. "PIPA & SOPA legislation are just more corporate fascism," reads the first. "Your bills kill America's edge," reads the second. Protesters chanted pro-Internet slogans for an hour or so after gathering in the center of the car-free zone.

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"It's no longer OK to NOT know how the Internet works," this sign says, a subtle suggestion policymakers behind SOPA and PIPA need to wake up and make an attempt to understand the Internet.

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Many meetup attendees brought their own signs. This one was made by Marc on the back of a pizza box. No SOPA, No PIPA it says. The bills are Anti-eBay, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Wikipedia, and Amex, while being Pro-CBS, Monsanto, RiteAid, MPAA, Nike, and Walmart.

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PIPA and SOPA, this sign suggests in a way only computer programmers would understand, would end innovation on the web and result only in litigation.

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"A vote for SOPA is a vote for censorship," is the message here. Opponents of the bills say both would be chilling to free speech on the Web.

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The New York Tech Meetup, the group that organized the "emergency meetup," came with ready-made signs for attendees. This one states, "Gillibrand: Save NY Tech. Stop PIPA."

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Two Occupy Wall Street veterans grabbed Meetup's megaphone and called for a march to Times Square, with hopes of letting Americans know of the dangers of PIPA and SOPA.

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Stop SOPA, this sign not-so-subtlety suggests.