Posted on 2012 under Blizzard, News, World of Warcraft, WoW |
You’re probably already a pretty savvy internet person – so you may have already gotten your fill of the whole SOPA/PIPA thing today- however, if you haven’t yet seen or heard about it-
I urge you to watch this youtube short about it:
Now, normally you know I don’t mix politics and gaming, unless of course my Guildies need a good mediation over loot–
If you live in the USA (or even if not), this is something that profoundly will affect you-
so please forgive me not talking to you about the game itself, so much as something that will be important to how you enjoy World of Warcraft when you’re not playing the game…
There are two pieces of legislation that are each in the US House and Senate that originally were designed to help combat online piracy– however, the intent seems to have gotten sidetracked, perhaps even subverted, by the ease and sweeping powers being promised to those who would be in a position to complain about their intellectual property from having been unfairly used–
Activision, the parent company of Blizzard, has come out on the side of being PRO SOPA/PIPA, however Blizzard itself hasn’t spoken either way.
Here’s a TED talk that really crystallizes the issue
about the impact of this legislation on such things as your ability to create fan sites, raid videos and other such pleasures of participating in the game- while not actually playing the game itself…
If this is a concern, then I urge you to go here
and fill out the form, and let the automated system connect you to YOUR specific Senator- it coaches you on talking points and everything, so is pretty easy to do..but feel free to add your own arguments as well.
If a call isn’t your style, go here
and see what other opportunities you have to inform your legislature to NOT support these bills.
I thank you for taking time to read and carefully consider taking immediate action– it does affect you- and if you do not do anything, you may start finding your favorite sites increasingly roadblocked or similar because they have ‘infringed’ on Activision’s intellectual property rights…
Thanks again, and I do hope you forgive my break in your normally scheduled gaming specific articles and tips!
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