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Stop SOPA: Photography by Ellen Von UnWerth

As an active user of the internet, there's no overlooking the flux of initiatives underway, protesting the US anti-online piracy acts SOPA/PIPA. In this series of fashion photos by Ellen Von UnWerth, the Stop Online Piracy Act is opposed with the banner "Stop SOPA" blocking out the models in her editorial works.

German Photography/Director Ellen Von UnWerth has photos in a VS Magazine fashion spread, of model Amber Heard, that’s she’s seemingly ‘draped’ with bold “STOP SOPA” sashes. In fact, much like the ‘blacked out’ webpages, her colorful, alluring, images are blocked out, as if with censorship tape for x-rated material. This is the idea, as she’s known for her erotic photographs.

Thousands of websites showed their united opposition to the SOPA bill. Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to name a few, are among those websites. We at Lomography utilize these search engines, information sources, and social media platforms on a day-to-day, minute-to-minute basis and are happy to see them rallying against the bill that could lead to internet censorship.

While there are ‘big’ opponents of the bill, including the Obama administration, SOPA/PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) is still being pushed forward, even following the January 18 blackout in which millions rallied against it. There are, despite it’s growing unpopularity, many big supporters, including Time Warner and Sony Entertainment.

We’d like to know what you’ve done (assuming you’re in opposition to the bills) to voice your opposition. To take action, visit Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

written by soundfoodaround


  1. aalper


    Question: Does someone else other than Ms. Von Unwerth own the rights to these images? Eroticism aside Ms. Von UnWerth should have the rights to post her own material without SOPA intervening.

    Is there another person who owns these photographs? A magazine?

    Any more information on this would be really helpful to budding professionals.

    In regards to trying to stop SOPA I signed several petitions, donated money to anti-SOPA political figures and blacked out my Facebook profile picture.

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  2. coolbober


    "blacked out my Facebook profile picture"
    You are soo cool.

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  3. odax


    @coolbober ^ LOL XD

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  4. aalper


    @coolbober I've never been cool. This is no exception.

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