Gaming Companies Quietly End Official Support for SOPA

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knowname

SOPA doesn't bother me... even if it passes I can do without the internet... there's still IRC right?? yes noobs I just brought up the chatroom for grandpa's. Besides, even Obama has opposed SOPA. I thought it died after just a few weeks.

 

It's that other pending law that gives the state power to impound your a$$ for any reason they want. I can't believe such a proposal even exists.

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Keith E. Whisman

 The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

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Biceps

BWAHAHA! Nice!

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bling581

Yeah, except the part where Alderran gets blasted to bits. Did we get to that part yet?

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mysterymantis

SOPA is today's version of the book burnings of the past.  Why were books burned?  To prevent people from having the knowledge within the pages.  Pages that contained damnable influence of those that were wise enough to write down their knowledge so that others may benefit from it, for all of time.  Typically, the targeted books were ones that had any level of conflict with the current regimes agenda, and often were of foreign publication.  Their burning was usually one of the first steps to a new regime taking over, and trying to change the fundamentals of society.

 

While SOPA is meant to "prevent piracy", it will eventually lead to the internet no longer being a venue of knowledge freely exchanged without interference.  And it won't even stop piracy. 

 

We will lose greatly (the people of the USA and eventually other countries), and the A-holes that wrote this piece of sh!t (corporations) will gain NOTHING! The government, however, will set a precedent that will just keep sliding down the slippery slope that eventually will lead to the complete and total censorship of the internet, all in the name of protecting profit margins for companies that can't even prove they are losing anything.  Is that really a fair trade?  Is that what our fore-fathers fought and died for?  So that things as useless as video games, movies, and music can't be copied in place of the most important information tool EVER CREATED!!!  

 

In the case of fundamental freedoms, you can't allow even one thing to be lost. Once lost, it takes an act of god (not gonna happen, has never happened, don't even hold your breath), or a war to get it back.  

 

If anyone that votes yes to this gets re-elected, then I hope that someone has the balls to "remove them from office" permanently.  I don't, but I'm sure my silent support of such a notion will suffice (the same as EA, Nintendo, and Sony are only publicly no longer supporting this farce).

 

I don't think that enough can be, or has been said, in opposition to SOPA.

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aplusbex1

I fully support SOPA. It will be about as effective as DRM and it biggest benefit will be companies moving their internet services to Europe which will lower latency for me. After that of course comes “the big firewall of the usa”. Just imagine an article “Flash drive smugglers caught crossing Mexico border”.

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mysterymantis

Of course the difference between DRM and SOPA is that DRM is a private firms attempt to protect their IP, and SOPA is a power being given to a government.  DRM is an inconvenience to anyone trying to use a product, either legally or otherwise.  SOPA will change the internet and eventually will effect every user in the US, and then eventually will spread it's influence everywhere else.

 

Is that worth lower latency?  I don't think so.  Though, I do hope that something is done to improve that problem for you, whether SOPA happens or not.

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Phantom-e

That was meant as a joke im sure! With a touch of sarcasm.

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p3t3th3g33k

My problem with this is that even though the companies themselves might not directly support SOPA anymore, EA, Nintendo, and Sony are all members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which still highly supports SOPA. They might pull their own name, but the companies are still supporting it through the ESA. 

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Eoraptor

+1

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Baer

Excellent point, stealth support is still support.

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Biceps

Agreed!

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The Corrupted One

inb4 "DRM is bad for reasons I don't understand I heard elsewhere, so it makes stealing things okay"

 

As much as I like Nintendo, all of these companies are showing typical hypocrisy: Support something that furthers their agenda, and then pull out when there is backlash.

SOPA would just become another darling of the coorporation, shutter competitiors, start monopoly, launch glorious five year plan, take over world.

 

IF a bill that was good was going through Congress, people would be pushing back just as much. Why? Because it means a crackdown on the fences of stolen games that they partake in.

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xs0u1x

correct me if i'm wrong......but is the point of your post to say that anybody that opposes sopa or sopa like legislation a pirate and/or thief?

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The Corrupted One

Wrong.

I'm saying that if a good bill that wouldn't result in an apocolyptic Orwellian hellhole(if it's possible) were passing through, people would be opposing it just as much as it would cut them off from the sources of free games they use so they can roll naked in money.

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EthicSlave

I do believe there has yet to be a form of anti piracy that works? which completely voids your point in a way

any bill even non apocalyptic will accomplish nothing for this use and piracy will be business as usual (proxies) at any rate all it would accomplish is making dumb pirates smarter ... highly doubt that this is the goal of the bill BUT would be the exact cause and effect

a proper approach is to accept piracy and adapt their business models around it

however what you are saying is that because a law said someone shouldnt murder, steal, rape and pillage that those said laws completely prevent any of that from happening o_O!

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AntonioGarrison

I saw an article about the US telling some other company not to restrict peoples access to the internet and it's content.  I lol'd and thought of SOPA, hypocrites.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Let's turn this shit hole into China. So it can be a more repressed shit hole.

They'll be locking you up for twenty years after posting a video of your kid dancing to unlicensed music on YouTube.

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Mohandas Gandhi

There places that has less human right than China, for example, Turkey and Burma.

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Danthrax66

I actually think go daddy came out against it you might want to double check that.

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compro01

Their "withdrawl" of support was more "We'll stop supporting SOPA, but we still think it's a really good idea and if it doesn't pass, we'll support SOPA 2 : electric boogaloo more quietly next time".

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kixofmyg0t

Doesn't matter. People are still pulling their domains from GoDaddy. I fully support GoDaddy going down in flames just to make an example out of them for supporting SOPA in the first place.

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