Well, its been an interesting couple of weeks since my previous update on this matter. Companies have switched sides, the debate raged on but most importantly to all of this, there is no public support for this bill. Its heartening to see how many people came out and declared that SOPA and PIP was wrong for all of us. Its less heartening to see how many companies still believed that it was right or wouldn’t take sides in the matter. It was incredible confusing where some companies stood though (Microsoft, Apple, etc)…all in all, an almost roller-coaster ride through politics that reminds me why I so thoroughly dislike it. But it was a necessary evil in this case because it spoke volumes about the companies who supported or opposed the bill.
SOPA is basically dead in the water. The White House has spoken against the bill and stated that they will veto the bill. I believe that the president would do this, because he will want the support of the younger crowd this voting year if he wishes to be re-elected and what better way to drive up support than defending the Internet. Also, the key legislation behind SOPA was removed due to the protests and really, without the DNS-blocking bit, there is pretty much no point to passing the bill. Several internet websites (Reddit being the biggest of the bunch I’ve seen so far) will go on a blackout in protest of SOPA on the 18th. However, we cannot lessen our guard. PIP is still in the Senate and has less attention on it, its time that we focused on it and made sure it doesn’t come within striking distance of passing. Laughingly, the MPAA and the rest of the supporters are attempting to spin the White House announcement to make it seem like good news for them. Talk about a lot of denial there guys…
As far as my response to the companies that supported this… those that supported this legislation will see less business from me. I’ll be discussing some of the companies in the next couple of months as well. Go, take a look at the list of supporters and don’t do business with those that you can. Unfortunately, its such a wide net of businesses (I mean, seriously, Ford?) that you can’t “boycott” them all, but even removing a couple is better than nothing. And never forget that we still have a voice. Use it. Had we not spoken against SOPA, I have little doubt that they would have passed it.
List of ESA gaming companies that supported, didn’t respond, stayed “neutral” or opposed the bill: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/esa-members-and-sopa-where-they-stand/
Putting SOPA on the shelf: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2012_01/putting_sopa_on_a_shelf034765.php
SOPA On Pause by RPS: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2012/01/16/sopa-on-pause-but-still-a-threat/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RockPaperShotgun+%28Rock%2C+Paper%2C+Shotgun%29
SOPA on the Run by Tech Crunch: http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/14/sopa-supporters-on-the-run/
SOPA Supporters by the House of Representatives (Not up to date): http://judiciary.house.gov/issues/Rogue%20Websites/List%20of%20SOPA%20Supporters.pdf
The MPAA Makes a Statement (lol?): http://blog.mpaa.org/BlogOS/post/2012/01/14/MPAA-Response-to-White-House-Position-on-Anti-Piracy-Legislation-.aspx
TechDirt Reports on the Responses to the White House: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120116/02043417413/sopapipa-supporters-pretend-white-house-statement-means-we-can-rush-through-sopapipa.shtml
Reddit Opposes SOPA and will go dark: http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/stopped-they-must-be-on-this-all.html
The Guardian Reports: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/16/sopa-shelved-obama-piracy-legislation
SOPA’s DNS struck from bill: http://mashable.com/2012/01/13/sopa-dns/
Bungie Speaks out Against SOPA: http://www.gamespot.com/news/bungie-speaks-out-against-sopa-6348642
And so many more…