SOPA Will Murder GameTaffy and Many Others


Expecting to see a pretty picture to begin this story? Sorry, I don’t want to infringe on copyrighted materials and risk destroying GameTaffy.

According to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an act that is rushing through Congress faster than the Patriot Act, any time that we link to content, embed video, or show gameplay footage (of games we paid for and are recording ourselves), we are at risk of being named pirates.

So this article will show you GameTaffy if/after SOPA passes. I have contacted my elected officials (Rob Bishop, Mike Lee, and Orrin Hatch), asking them to vote against the Stop Online Piracy Act, but only one lone representative of Mike Lee has responded, stating that he will mention my concerns in passing.

I’d love to quote that email, but I would be at risk of infringing upon his copyrighted materials. In fact, I’d love to link to Senator Lee’s website or provide a picture of him, but again, I want to avoid piracy.

In “How SOPA Could Ruin My Life” by Forbes freelancer Paul Tassi, he expresses that his small site (getting 3 million views per day) is in danger of closing down after SOPA because the act would deem any material he linked to or embedded as piracy. As GameTaffy is tiny, still trying to get 100 views per day and making $0 on our content, we are able to fly under the radar.

For now.

As we grow, we will link to more gaming news and content (mostly sent directly from the publishers), and eventually, other sites will link to us. Eventually, we will post a video or show some gameplay footage from a gaming company that may not exist anymore. At that point, someone could say that we did not get express written permission to show this copyrighted material, and we could have all ad revenue (something we dream of having one day) taken away and be forced to close down.

As Alex Larrabee wrote in his article (which I can link to because I own the site), only the corporations that produced content will have the right to share the content. There will be no more small websites posting agenda-free reviews. The only reviews you’ll be able to read and watch will be the ones from major, corporately-owned websites, like GameSpot, GameTrailers, or IGN.

The Stop Online Piracy Act has a very pretty name, but as it is written, it destroys free speech, creativity, and GameTaffy. I’d love to post a picture of our sad faces, but I might infringe upon the copyright someone has on Sad Faces.

To see pictures of our happy faces, write your representatives and senators to stop this horrible bill. If you care about gaming and want to make sure you always spend your money confidently, support the sites that don’t get paid for their reviews, like GameTaffy. Let your voice be heard (but don’t post it here, because we don’t have the copyright).

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About Ben Davis

Ben writes for KWCR 88.1 Weber FM, Studio 76, the Signpost, and KSL.com and can be contacted on Twitter (@GameTaffyBen) or at Ben@GameTaffy.com!

Posted on December 19, 2011, in IMHO and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. For once in my life i’m almost at a loss for words, you said it all…. This is bill is giving me more of a headache than a pachycephalosaurus battle and needs to die.

  2. It’s hard to believe that we’re this close to the great american firewall… hasn’t anyone heard of net neutrality?

  3. This is ridiculous. You are barely allowed to write an article under your own website without posting/sharing LINKS to the INTERNET anymore because a bill like SOPA wants to try and stop something that is inevitable? Call me crazy, but there’s a one-man army against a 10 million man army, and just like with the music indutry, the one-man army (SOPA) will eventually see it’s demise if they can’t accept that the internet is the least of their worries as far as piracy entertains all other forms of media.

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