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1-18-2012 @ 11:23AM
What's the Blizzard take on the SOPA bill? What would it mean if it passes for sites likes these?
1-18-2012 @ 12:15PM
Activision-Blizzard has come out neither for nor against SOPA/PIPA that I can discover. A great many individual companies have chosen to keep their stances on the topic quiet, perhaps correctly fearing massive backlash against their products should that information become public knowledge (see: GoDaddy, Objective Example of Shooting Yourself In the Face with regard to SOPA/PIPA). The Electronic Software Association, however, has come out in favor of both pieces of legislation.
1-18-2012 @ 12:27PM
Activision-Blizzard has taken no public stance either for or against SOPA/PIPA -- a good many gaming companies have declined to do so, probably to avoid backlash against their products. See GoDaddy for an objective example of shooting yourself in the face with regard to the topic -- they had a full-blown protest action aimed specifically at them once their early support of SOPA/PIPA became known and while that protest likely did negligible damage to their bottom line, it was definitely a case of 'bad publicity is not desirable publicity' that led them to back off their support.As to what passage of SOPA/PIPA would mean to sites, fan-run-and-created sites, like this...? Both pieces of legislation are inherently hostile to the entire concept of "fair use" as far as the internet is concerned. All those nifty WoW machinima we all love so much, that get posted here every day? All it would require is one legal department *alleging* infringement and, under the provisions of these laws, it could take down not only WoW Insider but likely all of Joystiq, as well. These laws exceed the scope of even the DMCA by whole orders of magnitude.
1-18-2012 @ 12:29PM
....The comment system obviously voted for Lamar Smith.
1-18-2012 @ 1:13PM
Acti-Blizz doesn't belong to the ESA, so they can stay apolitical. My guess is that most of the people in Blizzard would not support this measure, but they don't want to anger a lot of their industry peers by speaking out against it.ATVI: The Switzerland of video game companies.
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