Rupert Murdoch squares off with Obama over online piracy legislation. Video game industry still supports anti-piracy bill. By Stephen C.
WebsterSaturday, December 31, 2011 9:43 EDT Despite a flurry of reports suggesting that the world’s largest video game companies have dropped their support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) — a bill which critics say could break the fundamental structure of the Internet in the U.S. — that assumption appears premature. The Internet was set aflutter the day before New Year’s Eve after Business Insider noticed that Nintendo, Electronic Arts (EA) and Sony Electronics had removed themselves from a list of official SOPA supporters (PDF) curated by the House Judiciary Committee.
The disappearance of these influential corporations sparked a wave of reports that the largest video game makers in the world had dropped their support for the bill. Those reports, however, are not correct. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the gaming industry’s lobby, still officially support SOPA. Paul Graham: SOPA Supporting Companies No Longer Allowed At YC Demo Day. At this point quite a few internet companies have protested H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in creative ways.
Held by many to be the worst thing to ever happen to the Internet if it passes, SOPA would makes it really easy for copyright holders to force sites offline that they think are offending, among other things. Go Daddy Publishes SOPA Position, Turns Off Comments. 23 December '11, 01:28am Follow The Internet is collectively raging at domain seller Go Daddy for supporting the “Stop Online Piracy Act“, with people like Ben Huh threatening to pull away 1,000 domains owned by his company Cheezburger.
In response, Go Daddy has published a blog post that is as useful as a pile of day-old dogshit. Many of our customers have asked us about our position on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Below are statements from Go Daddy Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Christine Jones. Basically, all Go Daddy has done is copy and paste the statements it submitted to the House of Representatives about SOPA on October 28th and November 15th of this year. The real kicker is that Go Daddy doesn’t want to hear what you, its customer, thinks. A Step-by-Step Guide to Transfer Domains Out Of GoDaddy. Follow these step-by-step directions to transfer all of your domains from GoDaddy to NameCheap.
I’m Boycotting GoDaddy because they are pro-SOPA. [edit: apparently GoDaddy changed their stance according to TechCrunch] GoDaddy no longer supports SOPA. 3M takes SOPA REALLY seriously. Please browse the new queue and upvote discussions!
Post image memes to /r/SOPAfunny A community to discuss the important matters surrounding Internet censorship laws, including Acts proposed in Congress: and the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement which is being debated in the EU Parliament. List of companies participating and not participating in the "graduated response" program aimed at discouraging unauthorized downloading.Senate Cloture Vote on PROTECT IP (PIPA) scheduled for January 24th, 2012.
POSTPONED! All the Companies Supporting SOPA, the Awful Internet Censorship Law and How to Contact Them. I thought I saw a comment about Google changing their site to raise awareness about these crazy laws.
I wrote an open letter to Google on my blog, I've posted the contents here: Dear Google, I'm writing this letter to ask for your assistance in a campaign of awareness. 29 Tech Companies Back SOPA. Update: The Business Software Alliance has ‘reconsidered’ its backing of SOPA in its current form and now says that it “needs work”.
After writing a rather lengthy and somewhat firey post on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) yesterday, I realized this morning that I didn’t know Microsoft’s position on the matter. As I edit our Microsoft channel, I immediately sent off a query to the company concerning the Act. To my surprise it took some time to hear back, and when I did get word the response was ‘no comment.’ Obviously intrigued, I dug into the issue. As it turns out, ‘no comment’ is Microsoft’s official position on SOPA. Nintendo, EA, Sony sponsor Internet censorship bill.
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is a bill currently in the US Congress, with the stated goal of curtailing copyright infringement, but with the actual effects of setting up a government firewall to block out unwanted sites, and giving the US jurisdiction over foreign sites that have anything to do with infringement of US copyright.
It is repellent. A Reddit user discovered a document [PDF] hosted by the Global Intellectual IP Center ("Global"), from before the introduction of SOPA, urging Congress to enact such a measure. Among those corporate sponsors is Nintendo, who is demonstrably and justifiably upset about piracy, and committed to taking all the wrong steps to stop it. Other companies signing off in favor of this anti-"rogue site" legislation, in the interest of protecting their IP online include Sony -- Sony Electronics, Sony Music, and Sony Pictures, separately. EA is also listed, along with Rite Aid (what?) Okay, so you already know how we feel about this thing.