Hello my fellow elitepvpers! As you may know already, the US congress will take a vote on SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). Now SOPA is made to fight piracy and defend copyrighted content, but it'll do much more than that.
Stop streaming and independent content - SOPA will not allow gameplay footage, fanart, trailers, live streaming or anything along those lines as it's all copyright protected content. So basically websites like Youtube are going to suffer the most.
Applies extreme punishments - if someone is warned ten times within six months, that someone can be punished by up to five years in jail!
Kills other websites - websites with a large amount of copyright content will be shut down, removed from search engines and even cut off from payment websites like PayPal (the previous is a rumor).
It's rather obvious where the online communities stand with this, social and service websites that make our modern day-to-day life possible threaten to black out (temporary shut down).
These websites have banned together into a unified force called the NetCoalition
, which consists of these websites: Facebook, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Wikipedia, PayPal, AOL, Mozilla, and many more! (Honestly, what would today's kids do without Facebook, Google or Wikipedia?) Wikipedia is supposed to shut down tomorrow, and stay offline for at least 24 hours.
As I said before, it's clear on where almost every user of the internet stands, but what about the gaming society?
Companies like "Riot Games", "Epic games", "Trion Worlds" are trying to alert their players with announcements and press releases (what else could they do?).
So yeah, bottom line, don't worry when one day you wake up and find your favorite websites offline, it's not Skynet! It's SOPA!
Thank you for your time,
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