ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

January 17, 2012 -

On January 18 at 8:00 am ET GamePolitics and other ECA-owned websites will go dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Acts. We are proud to stand with an estimated 7,000 web sites and organizations to show our opposition to the government’s efforts to curtail free speech and innovation in the name of protecting the interests of corporations and lobbyists. We feel that there are better ways to fight online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods without comprising innovation, free speech, and the integrity of the Internet.

While other sites may (or may not) have a vested interest in seeing these bills defeated, our only interest is the Internet community. We will always stand for the unfettered right to free speech and free expression of gamers everywhere. We urge ECA members and our readers to contact their elected representatives in Washington and let them know that SOPA and PIPA are two pieces of legislation that need to die. We'll let the last word be from the ECA:

"The ECA supports free speech and stands against censorship. Today, in solidarity with other websites of every shape and size, we are going black and calling on everyone to take action NOW. Contact your Senators to stop the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Stand with the ECA and against censorship. Take action NOW."


Comments

Re: ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

The only question I have is why did GP blackout before 8am? I was on at 3am and GP was blacked out already. Or, were you testing it out during a low visit time?

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

I'm very glad ECA and GP took part in going dark.  I try to educate my friends but before yesterday there was an alarming lack of knowledge about SOPA and PIPA.

Some people came to me and complained that the blackout didn't really provide any new arguments about the legislation.  But what it did provide was awareness and the spread of existing arguments - it's up to those who know to educate those who don't.

I don't understand the folks that still say it didn't accomplish anything - a number of House and Senate members publicly dropped support of these bills.  All in all I'd call it a good day.

Re: ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

And when are you coming back online?

Re: ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

Most other sites seem to have set a 12 hour duration, so I assume GP will follow suit.

Re: ECA, GamePolitics Goes Dark to Protest SOPA/PIPA

For those who have a Blogspot, where in the HTML do I put the Javascript to block out my blog on that day?

What is a game?(throws wine glass on the floor and it breaks to pieces) A miserable little pile of secrets.

 
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