@quantumtheo Why pay anything when you can get it for free? Most people don't pirate media because they are taking a stand against the market price, they do it because it's easy and free. I'm sure that these people that are saving on media aren't putting the extra funds toward worthy causes instead of blowing it on other crap. I'm sick of all of the trendy politique bs that surrounds this issue, and I'm sure that anyone who is involved in real social activism feels the same way. Just to be clear I'm talking about piracy in general, not SOPA specifically which I oppose.
Halo creator says Stop Online Piracy Act could "cripple the kind of games we love to create," should it pass; DNS provision stripped from bill.
Halo creator Bungie is the latest high-profile gaming company to come out against the highly controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. In a statement posted to its website today, Bungie called the bill "a messy piece of legislation."
"Bungie is opposed to any legislation that curtails free speech, stifles innovation, and prevents the open sharing of information on the Internet," the Washington-based studio wrote. "SOPA fits that bill. If it passes, it will hurt our community, the gaming community at large, and it could very well cripple the kind of games we love to create and play."
The studio also noted that were the bill to pass the US House of Representatives, it would "negatively impact both the games we make and the people who play them." Bungie put out a call for gamers to educate themselves by reading the bill itself, as well as contacting their representatives in Congress to speak out against the piece of legislation.
In related SOPA news, CNET reports today that the bill's champion, Rep. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), has said that he will remove the Domain Name System provision. The DNS segment of the bill would have required Internet service providers to block websites based abroad that have been accused of piracy, according to CNET.
"After consultation with industry groups across the country," Smith said in a statement. "I feel we should remove DNS blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the [U.S. House Judiciary] Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers."
Authors of SOPA's Senate complement, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), have also said in recent days that they will remove the DNS language from their version of the bill.
This legislation is just another back door bail out for Hollywood. They don't understand that if they simply charged less for entertainment, ppl would be willing to buy more. If a cd were $5 instead of $15, more ppl might buy 4 cd's at once, instead of feeling ripped off and only buying 1... IF they even buy one! I mean, volume versus high prices should always favor volume when you are talking about the sheer amount of entertainment available to buy. I really do wonder how much sales would increase if iTunes charged 50% less... I'm guessing well more than double. Ugh... The real pirates are in Hollywood and DC.... Also, they just took down Megaupload with the current laws... doesn't that prove that this bill is intended to do something else???
I see nothing in this article or in SOPA/PIPA that would prevent Bungie from making a Halo game. I also don't see the systematic shutdown of all things internet, although the looseness of the bill certainly leaves it open for serious abuse. Which, by all accounts, needs to be addressed should this happen. I will say, this reminds me of another rough spun bill of vagaries that was supposed to "fix" health care.
This is great, rather than fix the damn economy they worry about internet piracy, the US has a scary future.
i swear if they pass SOPA im litery going to kill some one ..............................................................okay not really
It won't pass. The US government is slowly taking away our rights. As long as we have our 1st and 2nd amendments, we can take our country back.
SOPA is made by the Templars !! Rise up Assassins ! .. its 2012 and they want to take over the world .lol
has anyone here thought about what would happen to Wikipedia if SOPA passed? pls think about more useful sites out there......i'm against this........
@Cronicx- Yes, I'd imagine that disagreeing with most people is grounds for me needing therapy. Who ever heard of "minorities"? Just one last thing: if you're going to get upset about me writing a lot--which, by the way, is usually what people who think hardest about these issues do--and declare I should get lost from this forum, you're basically trying to "censor" me out of it. Strange for someone who doesn't want the government doing the same thing. You can't have it both ways. If disagreement is an essential part of debate that you're worried government will quash, don't try to quash it yourself.
I stopped reading after page 46, this is no good. The internet should not be able to "govern" the internet. This SOPA bill is essentially just that, allowing the Government to control the internet. Reminds me of that movie Demolition Man... Oops I think i just broke a SOPA rule... let me fix that... Demolition Man?, i still think there is a problem... Demolition Man©copyright 1993 distrubuted by Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures...
Of course the federal government can legally block forign sites that are activily violating US IP laws, the same way that it could for a child porn site. Sure the means being used here is sloppy and draconinan, but you can't serously believe that the goal is illegitimate. All of this talk about protecting freedom of speech is misplaced. Pirate sites are engaged in giving away other people's products (or speech) without their permission. And if you think that congress is doing this on its own, without serious industry pressure to do so, then you're a fool.
I read the bill it can pass without disrupting the first admindment by how it is worded. but we can try to stop it by contacting our senators
"also i laughed at how they are looking to ban 'abroad' sites. Just shows, american goverment = literal meaining of 'all your base belong to us' " well played games_master123. best reference I've seen in a long time (except you did leave out the 'are')
That bill is 77 pages long, but I will still try and read it to actually understand what they are trying to do.
ajjajajaa, so true @games_master123 imagine a internet no common, but something closer to a WAN, north-american larga LAN -> non-sense >> they cannot block the abroad connections. Stupid politicians and consultors. STOP THE SOPA
I'm really annoyed with Skyrim how I need to connect to Steam to play it. It says Connecting to account: for about 5 minutes than it says Steam stopped responding! I liked the good old days when all you had to do was pop in the disc and press the button then you were playing the game. Too many online difficulties these days. I hate it.
to be fair people! everytime they ban a site one more will pop up in a corner of the internet :P also i laughed at how they are looking to ban 'abroad' sites. Just shows, american goverment = literal meaining of 'all your base belong to us'
Typical government move. They are slowly taking control of everything. I know that our "gamer demographic" is seen as lazy and unconcerned with things. Well now it effects us all so we need to speak out against this power grab.
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@glassesboy This is going to hurt everyone outside the US too. Well once it passes, it's going to hurt everyone. Homages are a gray area that SOPA will trounce all over.
Most people are going mad about this but completely missing the new Cookie Legislation in the EU and UK. Come May 2012 all websites for companies based in the UK / EU that store your information via cookies (i.e user information, your preferences that kind of thing) are banned from using them unless they forewarn you of every single cookie they use and explain what its for. Enjoy having 5 or so alerts to every site you visit.
I agree with Bungie when they said they are opposed to any legislation that curtails free speech, stifles innovation, and prevents the open sharing of information on the Internet. These things are what make the internet great and fun. Without these the internet wouldn't be the internet we love today, it'd be a machine nothing more nothing less.
@tahashaikh15 I'd like to know where you read that.... It's funny I just read an article saying that SOPA has been shelved indefinitely in its current form. I certainly hope you're not trying to misinform people to get them to your webpage. Even if it were in effect how would liking your page do anything?
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@dxBIGBOSSxb Not only that but Canada doesn't have the military strength to stop it's citizens from taking down parliament. Besides, even with all the guns, we know not to use them on each other.
I hate politicians they are always trying to pass horrible legislation and giving it some sweet name that makes it look like a good policy which it is not. @sses.
@Snaptrap Considering the statistic of the the average amount of armaments listed per family in Canada equaling between 5-12 guns... I'd be scared to if I were part of the elected body. You've probably already seen this but it makes me cry every time: http://www.traemcneely.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/wpid-funny-United-States-vs-Canada-cops.jpg
Don't worry, SOPA will find out that this is a dumb idea soon enough. Even if they have to learn the hard way.
And will this help stop this illegal, corporation-empowering bill? Probably not. Still, its a step you know?
I wonder how much money the ones who are making the laws are getting stupid lobbyists control everything in this country I wouldn't be surprised if the next or current president gets convinced to pass the bill with the lobbyist money funding their presidential campaign
"A bunch of old, pretentious men trying to play king of the world...." "What they don't know is the world left them behind a long time ago."
What many of these articles aren't mentioning is that SOPA won't actually stop piracy at all; it doesn't involve any means of actually shutting down the illegal download sites, all it does is force ISPs and search engines to cut off people's access to those sites. If people still want to torrent stuff, they'll still be able to easily get to those sites through IP addresses and proxies. A smarter and more effective way of combating piracy would be to cut off those website's ability to process payments and collect revenue through advertising.
SOPA is a threat to anyone using the Internet. It has 0% to do with stopping piracy but 100% with censorship and the government controlling the biggest, most independent source of information: The Web.
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