Originally Posted by Ryze
However, SOPA/PIPA goes far beyond simply addressing piracy. This proposed legislation actually threatens any website that features user-generated content. In effect, any copyright holder could file a claim that a streaming website is hosting unauthorized content (such as a song in the background of a League of Legends stream). Under the law, ad networks, payment providers and internet service providers are now potentially liable for their user’s infringement
. These services could then be compelled to immediately remove support for a streaming website or face a costly legal battle – at a minimum cutting off financial means, and likely shutting off the site entirely.
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.
Congress will reconvene at the end of January, and with a long roster of supporters on both sides of the aisle, SOPA/PIPA could actually pass. The likelihood is so great that technology giants including Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter have gone so far as to publicly consider a simultaneous blackout in protest.
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.
Help us take a stand. Write your congressperson today and voice your opposition to this misguided and harmful legislation: [URL2="http://bit.ly/A2F85t"]https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173
: Riot Games Attorney RiotLomar is currently doing an [URL2="http://bit.ly/xgFaTO"]AMAA on Reddit[/URL2]
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1. Thats currently how it is in China. Their extremely strict with their Internet access.
2.Theres only 2 problems I have with this 1. it would greatly impact Xfire and other streaming as said and 2. it would mean people like http://www.youtube.com/user/frndlynbrhudmxcn would never exist again. (he was a popular tribute video maker all his videos blended with the songs he chose perfectly till he got perma banned and all his videos deleted) On this plus side this could mean no more pokeshipping.
3. Freedom of speech needed exclusions added to it to begin with anyways, its far too lenient. For example you could randomly walk up to a woman and call her a ***** and not get into any trouble for it (other than the possibility of the woman beating you up)
Overall the Internet has been without law for far too long and I believe its time for change. Yes I do agree this law is overkill but some kind of law needs to be passed to bring order to this lawless land.
Now that I think of it this law reminds me of an episode of "Sliders"
In one dimension they landed it it seemed like a true utopia but as the episode progressed it was proven to be a false utopia by limiting its population through "lottery" The family of the winners would get huge sums of cash and the winners themselves would be willingly killed in order to limit the human population. There were lots of protesters holding signs such as " birth control - yes, lottery - no", kinda like here people are saying "self regulation-yes, SOPA-no"