Unless you haven’t been using the internet for the past few weeks you have no excuse to not be aware of the SOPA/PIPA legislation in Congress and the Senate. If you haven’t, please click here for Wikipedia’s fully entry. In a nutshell*:
- 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.
These bills crush the freedom of the internet as we know it. This is an overreaching and irresponsible approach to tackling online piracy.
Here are some examples of small freedoms that would be taken away.
- Aspiring pop singer can’t do their mediocre cover and post it on youTube
- No modified or cut up collages from movies such as this
- No Fan made Thundercats movie trailors
- Frorums would likely disable inserting images into posts to avoid liability
- Posting steams of copyrighted videogames
- Looking at my own blog I see some in game screen shots that may be suspect according to this new law