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Posts tagged “SOPA”

Feature: Fighting For Our Internet

Post SOPA, What Else Is Out There?

Post SOPA might be slightly wishful thinking, because the industries that paid for the bill are not going to back down any time soon. Perhaps they've realised they're at least going to need to be slightly more subtle about wanting control of the internet. (Although as long as Chris Dodd is speaking for the MPAA, subtlety doesn't look like it's going to be an option.)…

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Better News – ESA Backs Away From SOPA

With the grace of a recently dumped loser shouting, "Well... I never loved you anyway!" as he starts crying, the Entertainment Software Association have announced they're no longer supporting SOPA. Which is a bit like announcing you no longer support England in the 1994 World Cup. We contacted the ESA two weeks ago to ask them about their position, and whether they would consider changing…

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SOPA Soaped, PIPA Pipped: People Are Ace

Look, it's my day off, and yet here I am. That's how flipping excited I am to tell you what an INCREDIBLE difference the SOPA/PIPA protest on Wednesday made. One Wednesday the US Congress had 80 members in favour of the bills, with just 31 against. As of yesterday, those figures had changed to 65 in favour, and 101 against. Yes, those numbers don't add…

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Feature: The Good News

SOPA: So What Happened Yesterday?

So yesterday was quiet, right? What came of it? With major sites blacking out, and others giving peculiar nods toward blacking out, there was a great deal of discussion, worldwide. In terms of raising awareness to the frightening dangers of SOPA and PIPA, it was an enormous success, a number of sponsors of the bill rapidly backing out. And this was the internet defending itself,…

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UK Games Industry Body TIGA Against SOPA

After a lot of pestering since the SOPA/PIPA news began to boil over, TIGA - the UK's trade association that represents the UK games industry - has come out against SOPA (and presumably in turn, PIPA). This is good news, as the developer-representing body is one of the UK equivalents to the US Entertainment Software Association, who Kotaku revealed yesterday are not only supporters of…

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SOPA On Pause, But Still A Threat

A flicker of good news. The White House has come out against the Stop Online Piracy Act, recognising that it significantly threatens the freedoms of Americans (and indeed the rest of the world, but they haven't heard about us yet). This means it's temporarily shelved, while the discussion continues. Unfortunately, it's sister act, PIPA, hasn't gone anywhere. There is still much work to be done.…

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GOG, NVIDIA, Frozenbyte, Notch vs SOPA

Expect plenty more of these kinds of updates leading up to next week's web-wide SOPA protests: it's an enormously important issue for the future of the internet and everyone who uses it, so we're giving it our all. Also declaring themselves strongly against the online culture-trashing folly today are Minecraft-makers Mojang, who intend to make a right old song and dance about SOPA next week,…

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Firefall Devs Speak And Act Against SOPA

Firefall developers Red 5 are going further than simply expressing their denunciation of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in words. On January 18th, the studio will close the Firefall beta and website for 24 hours in a show of protest. More drastically, the developers are also refusing to show the extremely promising free-to-play multiplayer shooter at E3 this year because of the organiser's support…

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Nival Explain They Are “Anti-SOPA”

Nival, the publisher and developers behind the Blitkrieg series and King's Bounty: Legions, have got in touch with us this evening to let us know that they are "anti-SOPA" - the bill currently going through the US Congress that could irreparably harm the internet. They have given us a statement explaining their position, which is below.

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Where ESA Members Stand On SOPA

Apologies for the initialism-filled title, but for an explanation make sure to read the main post here. This is to say that we've created a permanent page (I'll link it from the text below the featured boxes at the top) to tell you where each member of the Entertainment Software Association currently stands regarding the censorious and extremely disturbing Stop Online Piracy Act. We've contacted…

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Feature: Protect Your Internet

RPS Asks ESA Members To Denounce SOPA

You've probably heard of SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, by now. It's the bill that is currently being considered in the US, that on the surface appears to be an attempt to control piracy, but with only the tiniest scrapes reveals a genuinely terrifying, draconian attempt to introduce government censorship of the internet at the behest of unelected corporations. While it initially had the…

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