I know my saying that SOPA sucks doesn’t mean much – after all, I’m one of those filthy, evil pirates they’re trying to use the guise of stopping to create a world where free speech doesn’t exist and censored tv is the only entertainment medium – but if you don’t listen to me, how about Riot Games?
Riot Games officially came out against SOPA today, with a message from the CEO/Co-founder that included some things to think about even if you’re anti-piracy.
How would SOPA/PIPA impact League of Legends players?
-Kills streaming. If any single streamer plays copyrighted music (or alt tabs into a movie or other owned content) on their stream, there is a significant risk of the entire streaming service being taken down. In some cases, it could even result in criminal penalties for the streamer.
-Threatens independent content creation. Services we all use to create and share League of Legends related content, such as YouTube, Reddit, DeviantArt, streaming websites such as Own3d and Twitch, and more would be at risk of shutting down or greatly restricting the scope of legitimate content allowed on their sites.
-Attacks our community. Aspects of our service such as the official forums and potentially even in-game chat, could be taken down or have their features reduced based on user behavior.
-Other harmful effects. SOPA/PIPA undermine established intellectual property legislation like the DMCA, raise serious constitutional free speech issues, and could even compromise the basic security infrastructure of the internet.
Even if you don’t play or watch League of Legends, you can replace that with pretty much any other game and it all still applies. Minecraft, Starcraft, Call of Duty, Super Mario World 3, Second Life, Skyrim, Street Cleaning Simulator – *everything* is threatened by SOPA. Get your ass in gear.
Help us take a stand. Write your congressperson today and voice your opposition to this misguided and harmful legislation: https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173
Damn, there’s a lot of games that start with S.