The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/Protect IP Act (PIPA) proposals caught the attention of members of the IGDA Board of Directors last year. We have been reviewing the text, and also seeing this issue rise as a key advocacy issue among the members of the IGDA. Our internal consensus is as follows:
The original SOPA/PIPA proposals were overkill. While they addressed the real issue of piracy, they did so in a way that is not tailored to the needs of small content creators, and instead allows big content creators to overreact to perceived IP violations. The net real effect of these measures would be to have a chilling effect on any content sharing, instead of just illegal content sharing. Therefore, it is the position of the IGDA to oppose the SOPA/PIPA proposals.
We are glad to see both the House and Senate have decided to postpone votes on the bills so their significant flaws can be addressed. We are hopeful that the revised versions will provide a more reasonable approach to fighting piracy, but caution everyone to continue following this issue to ensure the final versions better balance both sides of the issue.
IGDA Board of Directors