Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 05 Jan 2012
We at Lazygamer have made our stance on piracy quite well known; we detest and abhor the theft (and it is theft!) of software. We understand the need for IP holder to protect their rights. That said, there’s no way in hell we can support the controversially vague Stop Online Piracy Act and its evil little cousin the Protect IP act. In case you’re unaware, SOPA and PIPA are currently trying to work their way in to US legislature, and could very well end up changing the face of the internet as we know it.
While they sound noble - both of them seek to curtail online piracy, especially those sites not directly within US jurisdiction - the way in which they go about it is a little nefarious, and ripe for abuse. SOPA, if passed in its current state, would allow companies and corporations to block access to websites they believe infringe on copyrights; with little in the way of procedure or due course. It also makes sites like YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook et all responsible for user-posted content, curtailing freedom of speech much like the Great Firewall of China. In fact, the very header image you see above this is probably an infraction.
Besides no longer being able to access your favourite games website, how does SOPA affect you as a gamer?