I normally don’t add much of a non-gaming slant to my blog, but SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is threatening to take away our freedoms regarding the internet, and entertainment media. And yes, that includes video games.
Essentially, the government can control what we can and can not view. We could be held liable for lawsuits in posting pictures of intellectual properties (simply posting a picture of Zelda on your blog? Nintendo would be able to sue you for it).
The problem is, while putting a stop to piracy is an understandable enough desire for businesses as our world’s media becomes more and more digital, it’s so broadly, vaguely, and poorly written that freedom of speech would pretty much just dry up and die when it comes to the internet. The government would control the internet, how it’s run, and what would be allowed to put online. It’s a staggeringly unconstitutional proposal.
A huge amount of sites are opposing it: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, AOL, Reddit, Mozilla, LinkedIn, IAC, eBay, PayPal, WordPress and Wikimedia. Even our President and his administration refuses to support this monstrosity.
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