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Post by Eorl @ 03:56pm 13/01/12 | 12 Comments
Shacknews is reporting that Red 5 Studios, the developers for the upcoming Free-To-Play hybrid FPS/MMO is protesting against the devastating Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), by shutting off their beta program and website for 24 hours starting January 17th.

While the media over in America is in a blackout, with very little coming through about the process of the bill, game companies around the world are lashing out, exclaiming that this will do more bad then good. Among them is Red 5 Studios.

Calling SOPA "misguided legislation," Red 5 Studios CEO Mark Kern said the proposed bill would hurt smaller game companies, "who will not have the legal resources or lobbying presence to protect themselves from unwarranted shutdown."

What is making Red 5 Studios lash out like this? The ESA, short for Entertainment Software Association, have put their support towards the SOPA bill, bringing along them a list of all the game developers who are are standing behind it as well. While some have said no to supporting, like EA, Sony and Nintendo, others have yet to say publicly on what their position is.
When asked if Red 5 Studios would appear at future E3 events considering the company's position against the ESA, CEO Mark Kern said: "No, we will not attend E3 unless ESA reverses their stance."
Other companies besides game companies have spoken out including big names like 4chan, Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation and Reddit.

Drop us a line in the comments on what you think of SOPA and what it could do.



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Shaexen
Posted 09:55pm 13/1/12
I don't understand how a media blackout on legislation is democratic.. lol I forgot it's the USA where championing the cause of democracy only goes as far as bombing the complete s*** out of other countries and installing puppet governments.
qmass
Posted 10:45pm 13/1/12
if you think thats bad. nobody speaking in opposition was welcome at the hearing - there is actually some kind of provision somewhere which makes this perfectly ok to do. what the hell.
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:36pm 13/1/12
What happened to the days when someone would shoot the politicians they didn't like? Right now is the perfect time for this.
Shaexen
Posted 11:44pm 13/1/12
What happened to the days when someone would shoot the politicians they didn't like? Right now is the perfect time for this.


Yeah and in the hysteria of political violence you can just about kiss goodbye to the few freedoms we have left.
SnotOne
Posted 01:26pm 14/1/12
The 1% fear the net because of its power to the people so they will change it bit by bit to suit large global corporations and the goverments they corrupt.

"who will not have the legal resources or lobbying presence to protect themselves from unwarranted shutdown."

Thats for the 99%
WirlWind
Posted 10:35pm 14/1/12
Shaexen pretty much hit the nail on the head.

If anyone tries to stand up and violently oppose anything these days, they're labelled a terrorist who also kills school children for the laughs in their spare time while juggling chainsaws and slaughtering lambs for satan.

Even if it's not violent, people are getting more and more afraid because it's so very easy for "big brother" to pull you up on some trumped up charge and throw you in prison.

I don't think it's gonna get any better anytime soon, either.
Eorl
Posted 10:38pm 14/1/12
Expect a world war soon, or at the very least a few riots.
Reverend Evil
Posted 10:40pm 14/1/12
Hmm. So if you're violent, you get raped. And if you're not voilent and stand by and let this happen, you get raped anyway?
skythra
Posted 01:49am 15/1/12
Expect a world war soon, or at the very least a few riots.

You're talking about a country which has been fed a mouthfull of american propaganda every day for breakfast and believe that their country is the best in the world.

They've been literally brainwashed to doing nothing more than protest when they don't like things.

Although I sound like faceman, at least australia doesn't have the same kind of insane amount of "Australia is the best country on earth" although you find it here and there.. although we're far more patriotic than some european countries.

My point is, i think america would need a lot more to have riot's, although if this happened in say Greece or something you'd expect them to defend what the population believe over a corporation's idea.
teq
Posted 11:38am 15/1/12
I don't understand how a media blackout on legislation is democratic..




the media has nothing to do with the government, or at least they're not supposed to
the media blackout is because the media are choosing not to run stories on SOPA, as they're usually owned by large corporations who are in favor of the legislation
illumanist
Posted 01:58pm 20/1/12
What happened to the days when someone would shoot the politicians they didn't like? Right now is the perfect time for this.

You ever noticed its the good presidents that get gunned down, but the bad ones live on forever? Illuminati want my mind soul and my body, secret society, tryin keep their eye on me!
ocarinaboy
Posted 02:37pm 21/1/12
It's only a matter of time before George Orwells nightmare creeps up on us. They may have to pump up the fluoride levels for that to happen though.
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