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38 Studios, MLG, others clarify stance on SOPA

Saturday, 7th January 2012 18:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

38 Studios founder Curt Schilling has said the firm cannot “in good conscience support” the Stop Online Piracy Act as it is currently written.

Schilling said the studio is a “strong supporter” of copyright and trademark protection, but as it stands now, the firm cannot support the bill until efforts are made to amend the legislation while also maintaining the “freedom and openness” provided by the Internet.

Epic Games announced its stance on the bill earlier in the week, which mirrors 38′s opinion on the matter.

Major League Gaming as also shown it doesn’t support the bill, by moving over 100 domains from GoDaddy, formerly a staunch supporter of the bill until negative publicity forced it to admit changes are necessary, to rival domain registrar Namecheap. MGL said it is “firmly against both the specifics of SOPA and the philosophy behind the bill.”

Capcom executive Christian Svensson has also stated that while “the ESA represents us in legislative matters” Capcom has not announced “any stance on our support (or not) for SOPA.”

Meanwhile, Joystiq’s list of ESA members which support and do not support the bill has been updated to include: Nival, Slang, THQ, and Trion Worlds. RPS has updated its list of respondents as well.

You can also check out Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian’s chat with Bloomberg TV below (via GamePolitics), where he discussed the bill stating: “In creating this legislation about something that frankly they don’t understand, Congress is going to obliterate an entire tech industry in the United States as collateral damage.”

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5 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

    GOOOOOOOOOO FUCKING MAD!!!!!!!!!!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    Corporate interests versus civil rights. The only thing scarier than the government policing information, is corporations policing information with the blessings of the government.

    At least those companies are showing their true colors as to how little they truly care about the society they exist in.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    I blame Sony… What? Everyone else does!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. IL DUCE

    Don’t understand this at all…

    Either let the gov’t help or work with them to find some happy medium…or stop complaining about piracy

    Can’t be playing both sides and cry foul when your material gets pirated and then be against any bill attempting to stop the piracy…

    #4 3 years ago
  5. DSB

    @4 I’m guessing you haven’t read up on this, even a little.

    This has nothing to do with stopping piracy. Piracy is already illegal, people can already be prosecuted for it. It has everything to do with empowering companies to ignore peoples basic liberties without actually having to build a case for piracy.

    They want the right to surveil anyone suspected of it, which obviously could never be legal in any civilized society, until there’s probable cause. This is what’s going to be annihilated by the bill.

    A little like how the Patriot Act allows the government to disregard it’s own constitution, as long as someone has you mistaken for, or suspected of, being a terrorist.

    The broad’s words in that segment really says it all “Is it censorship, or is it really just good business?” – Ultimately that’s how a corporation views your rights. They can be one and the same.

    #5 3 years ago

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