ESA, E3, Extra Credits, and SOPA/PIPA

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Articles, Culture, Gaming, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

So amid all the protesting of SOPA and PIPA over the internet and the calls for US Citizens to talk to their lawmakers, a small group of people are trying a different tactic. Going after the pockets of the corporations that are pushing for such a huge change.

You might remember a TEDTalk I posted during the SOPA/PIPA blackout day that discussed the origins of SOPA and PIPA and how it was really an attempt by media companies to restrict technologies in such a way as to keep people consuming rather than sharing. Effectively to keep their revenue streams. So several people such as Red 5 Studios, Extra Credits, Loading Ready Run, and more have decided to target one of the major institution that support this bill: the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) which, among other things, puts on E3, a major video gaming convention and one of their primary revenue sources.

Let me share with you their video.

So yes. They want people to protest E3 until ESA pulls support from SOPA and PIPA.

This would be a really effective effort to help curb further attempts by media companies. You can find out more information about how to help with the following links:

Extra Credits: Stand Together

Ars Technica: Why one game developer is skipping E3 to start an anti-SOPA crusade

 Screw Attack: Stand Together

Change.Org: Boycott E3

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SOPA/PIPA and the Media Industry

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Announcements

I know you’re likely getting tired of hearing this but I have one more thing to share with you. The TEDTalk outlining the modern history of copying, copyright, and how SOPA and PIPA came to be, and what is to come. It is thirteen minutes long and very much worth your time. Please watch.

A time will be coming when technology will make defunct the industries of today. It has happened before and it will happen again. We can’t let industries limit us, limit what we can do, just for their own bottom lines. For a US Citizen, your weapon against them is the laws of our government and tools to create those laws is your senator and congressmen. Email them. Call them. Snail Mail them. Go visit their offices. Make it known that you are not to be censored or controlled by big media. Let them know that if they want to survive, they need to rely upon quality and quantity, just like the rest of us, now by making it illegal for you to do what you want to do naturally: Share.

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SOPA and PIPA – Combating Piracy Stupidly

by on Jan.18, 2012, under Articles, Blog, Comics, Computers, Culture, Gaming, Internet, News, Opinions, Politics, Video Games

For those of you who have been paying attention, there is a list of useful links below. For those of you who haven’t, stay awhile and listen.

Actions being taken by the United State government will begin to fundamentally change the internet. Please read or watch the following to understand what is happening and if you want to take action about it.

[spoiler show=”For those of you who would like my words on the subject. Click here.”]The United States created the Internet. Despite fancy names like “World Wide Web” and “Global Communication System” and “Series of Tubes”, the internet is not managed by the world. It is managed by corporations on the united states and is subject, for the most part, to US Law. Even more so these days since a majority of the people connect to the internet via their local telecommunication company (phone, cable, satellite, etc).


That being said the internet has been pretty untamed for the last few years. Anybody could put or post up anything. Your information was only as secure as how well your protected it. It was effectively the digital wild west. Now, however, the internet is in so many homes, has become the focus of so much economic use (online shopping, movie and song streaming, video games, marketing) that this can’t last. Just like the trains that brought big business to the west, killing off the last place where your only real protection was the gun at your side, progress is going to try to tame the internet for the good of all, to the detriment of the few.


This is more or less inevitable. The new internet that will come into place will be highly regulated and likely more forcefully controlled by the big economic interests that want to use it to provide services to the world for money. When they do, innovation will become exceptionally difficult. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and the like, will still exist, but their successors likely won’t appear.  Blogs, chat rooms, social networks, bulletin boards/forums system, may or may not survive in this new internet. Words like “National Defense”,  “Anti-Piracy”, “Copyright”, and others will be used to tightly regulate any site that tries to provide the public with ability to communicate and share.


Effectively the basis for the internet as we know it, sharing and communicating, will come to an end at the hands of capitalism and censorship.


The first steps for this have already begun. The United States government has two acts currently being discussed. The PROTECT IP act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Both have been getting a lot of news. As of right now, both look to be dying heavily under media massive campaigns set forth by various websites and organizations, despite the money being thrown at it by media and telecom corporations. The best example is today, February 18th, 2012, where websites all over the internet are “Blacking out” or putting up protest notices. You can read up more about what these acts do in the links below, but to summarize the acts allow and empower the US government to try to block or remove internet services (primarily websites) that infringe on copyright, without significant due process.


Now I am not a proponent of piracy. I make a living off of software development and I hope to some day make a living as an author. These are both areas that have notably high piracy rates, which concerns me. I would like to be compensated for my effort and work but I also feel that censoring the internet is not the answer. So for now, I protest.[/spoiler]

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Protesting Websites:

And many, many more, including you, hopefully.


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