In case you haven’t heard, the internet is under attack. No, not for distracting you from working or disregarding privacy policies (coughFACEBOOKcough)...the U.S. Senate is deliberating a pair of acts that could seriously jeopardize free speech and needlessly cripple sites across the world.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) would allow anyone to accuse another site of copyright violation, which would result in barring ANYONE from linking to or associating with the site.
““We’re not usually inclined to comment on politics. We’re a game company, and making games is just a whole lot more fun,” said Brandon Beck, co-founder and CEO of Riot Games in an official statement. “But there is legislation under consideration today by the United States congress that gives us serious concern.”
“Riot Games is opposed to SOPA/PIPA in their present form. While we do support efforts to prevent online piracy, the current form of this legislation comes at far too high a cost for us, our players, and online communities across the internet,” said Beck. (Their statement can be read in its entirety here.)
There is no doubt that the Acts were written with good intentions, but without considering the consequences. (So, what else is new.) In response to the possible implications of SOPA and PIPA, websites are raising their voices and banding together to “black out” on January 17th in protest.