While we may have won one battle against legislation like SOPA/PIPA, supporters of these bills have vowed to continue , according to CNET, saying that the current situation is “unacceptable.”
Even the ESA, in their statement as reported by Shack News, is not clear on whether or not they are withdrawing from SOPA/PIPA style legislation (*after* the bills were defeated, no less) saying that they urge the administration and Congress to continue to find a solution that balances creative and technological interests.
The fact is there can never be a balance in the way that organization like the MPAA, RIAA and ESA want. They want the sole authority to shut down distribution channels that compete with their “offical” ones. They already have bills that allow them to take down the content (DCMA) and we already have legal means for shutting down sites through criminal prosecution (Megauploads.com), so what are they really after if not a way for them to arbitrarily shut down a site without the hassle of going through things like “due process” or “innocent until proven guity.”
These bills will be back, and we have to be ready to continue the fight. They may be back as soon as February, so please join us NOW by signing up to www.leagueforgamers.org, it’s right there on the sidebar. Help us unite gamers against the fight to destroy the Internet and cripple gaming innovation.