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Stop SOPA and PIPA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shadowwolf   
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:08

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I know I have covered this a lot over the last few months. Prior to this post I put up a video that I felt describe how bad SOPA was pretty clearly. The net has risen up as a whole to protest these bills with a called for "Blackout" today where some sites have taken their site down for the day and display an anti-SOPA message. Because of the need for ours to function for membership, that really wasnt a good idea for us to do, but I will still remind everyone that these bills arent gone yet and even with some provisions removed in SOPA, it is still a bad piece of legislation.

For sites like ours which focus heavily on gaming which are owned and copyrighted other companies, we post info, pictures, discussion all on these games constantly on our forum. According to those 2 pieces of legislation in the waiting, we could be found guilty of copyright infringement for what we discuss and is published on our site. With the provisions in those bills, we could be forcefully taken down and all billing for the servers we are hosted on frozen and all of this done without any court involvement or anything. Basically one person could take down our site by simply crying "copyrights!" and that would be the end of it all.

These bills need your help in being killed. You need to take action by letting your representatives know that if they support these things you will definitely not be giving them your vote next time around. Don't let big business dictate how you are to live your life on the internet. For those in other countries, you should pay close attention to these bills as well because chances are they will make their way to your country sooner or later in some form. The industry backers of ours have already started to approach other countries about it as well (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/01/singapore-considering-anti-piracy-legislation). The U.S. sets the standard in web policy for a lot of countries, so if these bills pass many other countries will likely follow the same approach and thats definitely not a good thing.

If you still don't know what these bills are about, you can find more information here:


Show your dislike for these bills and speak out now before its too late! http://americancensorship.org/ and https://blacklists.eff.org/

 

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