Please excuse the deceptive headline, but now that I got your attention…
There’s an elephant in the room and it’s making a lot of noise. It’s time to take a moment and ponder the consequences of ignoring SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and its lesser known sister bill PIPA (Protect I.P. Act). If this unwanted pregnancy of legislation passes, then you can kiss 90% of the internet goodbye. SOPA will make it illegal for sites like Gamevain to host and link to gaming news from all your favorite companies.
Do you like having choices and keeping up to date with video games? Do you like watching game streams? Do you like discovering music from random blogs? Do you like watching porno?
If you gave an emphatic yes to any of those questions, then now you know what liberties are at stake here. Both SOPA and PIPA will decimate the way you surf the web. Besides the termination of game streams, re hosted music, and porno; SOPA will set back online innovation for generations. It’s bad enough that our infrastructure and internet speed is way behind Japan’s internet, but if these bills were to pass we would be light years behind.
I’m sure most of you have heard something about GoDaddy and their senseless support for SOPA around the web. To condemn this reckless philosophy, Major League Gaming has transferred their entire network away from GoDaddy to Namecheap. Thanks to social websites like Reddit, a mass exodus from GoDaddy has been implemented. Everybody is making noise to ensure their livelihood, their freedom of speech, and their right to a free and neutral internet.
If they aren’t big enough to rattle your cage, consider that Wikipedia is in the process of transferring their domain from GoDaddy as well. Fucking Wikipedia! You know something is wrong when the site you have used in the past to do your homework (and the sixth most visited site on the web) is preparing to make the move out of protest towards GoDaddy’s absurd opinion.
So if SOPA/PIPA passes January 18 and I post a pic of Chun Li’s rocking thighs, Capcom can easily have it ordered to be taken down and press charges on us without much of an investigation or any wrongdoing. We always give credit to our sources. SOPA and PIPA are pieces of corporate sponsored trash that should be aborted ASAP!
Everyone should grab their fucking pitchforks and shove it up the governments snatch. Free speech and the Freedom of the Internet are at stake here.
Thanks for reading. I apologize again for the headline and I would hate to leave you guys empty handed, so here are a few inside peeks for the upcoming games: Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3, and Far Cry 3…
in a post sopa/pipa world…
As of today, SOPA has been subdued for the time being. Its sister-bill PIPA is alive and just as dangerous. Make your voices heard! Sign petitions, write your congressmen, tell your friends, read about it, do something! The Patriot Act was also subdued before it became a law.
SOPA is back on the road. Time is running out. The Senate will vote on the 24th of January, not the 18th. The protest is still on, a few popular websites will go dark on the 18th. Read this and have a good night.