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Help Us Stop SOPA

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piece 0f crap

Senior Member

01-12-2012

If SOPA passes I will take all the money I've saved for college over the past year to buy a plane ticket to washington just to protest and raise hell.

God forbid SOPA ever passes.


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Traskillen

Recruiter

01-12-2012

Quote:
Ryze:
Summoners,

We’re not usually inclined to comment on politics. We’re a game company, and making games is just a whole lot more fun.

But there is legislation under consideration today by the United States Congress that gives us serious concern.

Called the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and the "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) in the Senate, these bills are a misguided attempt to curb the illegal piracy of copyrighted content (like movies, music and games). Preventing piracy of copyrighted content is a laudable goal, and Riot supports legitimate efforts to combat these activities and protect content creators (like us).

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: https://action.eff.org/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173

EDIT: Riot Games Attorney RiotLomar is currently doing an AMAA on Reddit. Have a question? Check it out!


I have not seen a RIOT stop SOPA / PIPA facebook page, but was thinking, as a way to spread the word a little better, why not make a face book page for riot and others and if you "like" it on face book, you could get the uncle Ryze skin. Only so many people check the forums and people that do not play LoL probably wont see this at all. I posted a video when congress was supposed to vote on this back in november, on face book. I think this way more league players friends will see this and the ryze skin will at least encourage people to like it, even if they do not care as much as some of us other people just a thought.


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whatdoipress

Junior Member

01-12-2012

I live in New Zealand, but i would like to get involved in this. anyone got any steps i could follow to stop this act?


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Pizza Witch

Junior Member

01-12-2012

This made me chuckle a little bit.

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/281037/20120112/lamar-smith-sopa-bill-author-infringing-copyright.htm

Also, does anyone know of a link where we can read the bill ourselves?? Or is there only summaries??


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RedZealot

Recruiter

01-12-2012

With 11 million people playing LoL, we can't lose! This bill will effect (affect?) everyone around the world, not just America. Nobody wants facebook and youtube to be shut down. Megauploads is already removed from the internet, and aLTHough there is a reason for that, there isnt much of a reason for hurting our fellow livestreaming LoL players. If Riot went this far, so can we. Make sure to use the link in the original riot post to contact your congressman and tell them to deny the bill or gtfo! <--- jk on that last word


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Valvorago

Junior Member

01-12-2012

this leg. is some serious b.s. and its gotta go. plus ndaa... im moving to canada if this keeps happening.


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ChinxZhao

Senior Member

01-12-2012

This whole act is so dumb. I understand the piracy act, but everything else is just dumb.


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Mentallyafk

Senior Member

01-12-2012

hey Jared. I'm from boulder, CO. Will you play a game of LoL with me?


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moe111

Junior Member

01-12-2012

SOPA Isn't correct so I would say yeah... DOWN WITH SOPA?!?!


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Air King

Member

01-12-2012

It's pissing me off that people are just getting involved now, when it's almost 100% getting passed. Why couldn't people start fighting SOPA back when it was going to matter? Now it's just up to the supreme court. Don't get me wrong; I'm overjoyed to see Riot joining the fight, but seriously, it's like just this week is when I'm seeing people actually starting to care.