Two more gaming giants are voicing their support for the "Stop Online Piracy Act" (or the Internet Censorship Bill as many critics have dubbed it). According to the Business Software Alliance (a trade group that represents some of the world's biggest software companies), the unlikely allies of Microsoft and Apple are now joining forces with the likes of Sony, Nintendo, and EA to support the bill.
For those who are unfamiliar with the bill it seeks to stop people from pirating music, movies, games, and software online. This is understandable from business standpoint but it's the preventative measures within the bill that are incredibly alarming.
If the U.S. Congress passes this bill, they would have the power to set up a firewall that would block out unwanted sites and even giving the U.S. jurisdiction over foreign websites that appear to be infringing upon American copyrights in any form. Not too mention that it's so vaguely worded, that it could potentially throw Fair Use out the window, so using music samples, images, and video clips for reviewing, blogging, or just basic enjoyment purposes could potentially get websites and users into trouble. So you can definitely see why so many people are up in arms against it (figuratively of course).
Here's hoping that Congress actually vote in favor of the American people for once, rather than the huge multi-billion dollar corporations. Oh wait. I forgot. Corporations are people now.
Oh and pizza is a vegetable.
» Source: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/11/20/apple-and-microsoft-join-nintendo-et-al-in-support-of-internet-c/
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