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SOPA and PIPA return… as toilet paper

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Following the January 18 mass online blackout against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), Congress flushed these contentious pieces of intellectual property legislation down the proverbial toilet thanks to a soiling of public outcry. And now a Kickstarter project wants to help you send these bills down the crapper again — literally.

The project, known on Kickstarter simply as “Print the SOPA and PIPA bills on Toilet Paper!”, is exactly what it sounds like — SOPA and PIPA on toilet paper. According to the project’s creator, who goes by Craig R. (he told us he’d prefer that his “moonlighting as an entrepreneur not become official office gossip”), the point of the project is to create a symbol around which SOPA and PIPA opponents can rally.

“I felt that no one really knew how to symbolize their frustrations with this bill,” Craig told us in an email. “Additionally, the anti-SOPA/PIPA groups appeared scattered across the internet. Typically groups with this sort of momentum have a physical emblem to bring them together…I asked myself what could motivate these demonstrators to forge a common alliance.”

If nothing else, says Craig, the SOPA/PIPA roll adds a “fun factor” to the heavy topic of intellectual property regulation. In addition to the text of both bills, the SOPA/PIPA roll also includes anonymous comments about the legislation, “so it makes it fun to unravel,” says Craig. “It can kind of be like something you save for afternoon reading. So if anything, even if you have problems with the kind of statement it makes, you can think of it as a gag item. A low-tech discussion board, if you will, in a place you never expected!”

While Craig says the response to the project has been “really positive,” it’s not actually doing well on Kickstarter. At the time of this writing, the project had only raised $45 out of the $2,000 goal, which must be met within the next eight days in order for it to be a success. Craig says the money raised “would go towards finding a custom print shop to mass produce the rolls with all of the quotes and pictures on it, and [to] get a place to warehouse them.” The prototype roll, pictured above, was made using regular paper and his home printer.

“That picture is a prototype,” says Craig. “I used my [PIXMA] ip6600d Canon printer, and taped sections of TP onto a sheet of firm paper and sent it through the machine using the SOPA/PIPA text. Then I taped the whole thing together to make 2 whole rolls! It took forever too.”

If you’d like to see the SOPA/PIPA toilet paper become a reality, check out Craig’s Kickstarter project here. Watch Craig’s (hilarious) promo video below:

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