Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Day Of Protest January 18th - Update


JOIN US IN OUR PROTEST AGAINST SOPA AND SHARE THIS POST.

Now that we’ve got your attention, we want to draw your attention to a threat that threatens the very core of the gaming community.
The “Stop Online Piracy Act”, aka SOPA, is a proposed bill in the United States Congress that, if enacted, would effectively end the internet as we know it. In a ham-fisted attempt to combat piracy, Congress has opted for the “Nuke from Orbit” approach, hurting both the community from whom they benefit and developers they seek to protect. We cannot allow this to happen.

If this is the first you are hearing of SOPA, take a moment to read the bill itself ( http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/pdf/112%20HR%203261.pdf ) by visiting the Electronic Frontier Foundation ( https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/10/sopa-hollywood-finally-gets-chance-break-internet ) for more information.

Allow us to stress, Razer does not condone piracy in any way. We feel it damages the industry and we will stand against anything that hurts either the gaming community or the developers. However, we firmly believe that SOPA is the absolute wrong way to combat this problem and we are not alone in thinking this. Other gaming companies like Red 5, Riot Games and Mojang stand with us in opposition. However, this bill does not only affect software and game developers and we hope our actions will lead other gaming hardware vendors to join our protest against SOPA.

So please join us in a day of protest. We will be taking down our site for one day, January 18th, to give you taste of what the future may hold if we fail to put an end to SOPA and similar ill-conceived legislation. In its place, we will upload the image above as a placeholder for our site. While this may have an impact on our business, we believe this is a small price to pay to show how the Internet could become if this bill was to be supported.

For Gamers. By Gamers. It is not just a motto, it is our way of life. We work hard to do right by our community. We’ll be damned if we’re going to let an attack like this go unanswered.

-Team Razer

*We apologize in advance to anyone offended by the image but it sums up our perspective to this draconian bill.

By: Razer
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We will be doing this as well this image here will be the only post you'll see that day,  If you don't stand up for what you believe you cant complain when stupid crap happens.


Update 1. 


Over the weekend President Obama and congress have shelved both anti piracy acts, making the both dead however there not completely dead and can be brought up at any time.
Were still going through with January 18th despite these recent developments.

 Protect IP or PIPA is still alive and basically does the same thing SOPA threatened to do and is currently favored by most senators.

Wikipedia joins Reddit, Boing Boing and dozens of lesser-known sites in what some have dubbed the SOPA Strike, an attempt to widen their complaints about proposals supported by the movie industry and other media companies.

"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed, MLK on Wednesday, Wikipedia demands," Wales said via Twitter Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday. He had earlier signaled the coming blackout by tweeting: "Student warning! Do your homework early. Wikipedia protesting bad law on Wednesday!#sopa."
I wanna make it known the YouTube channel will have all its content stripped from it, in it's place will be informational video's about these two bills for the day as well.
(We may also use the radio player to stream interviews and discussions on this issue)
You come to the site that day you'll see what SOPA/PIPA will do to the internet first hand. This is just a taste of what you'll see if one of them are passed.
Not only are these bills a liability to our freedom it will severely damage your personal/financial security.
 Join in on the blackout to protect your freedom by adding a black "stop censorship" box to your site January 18th, if you want to blackout your whole website simply make the box wider and/or taller. Read the full article HERE

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