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Valve does not support the SOPA bill

Discussion in 'News' started by -smash-, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. -smash-

    -smash- Gold Content Creator Staff Member

    The answer was obvious, but I don't think we've seen a response from Valve regarding SOPA. Well, Gabe Newell himself has written back to me today, and he says that Valve does not support the bill. Huzzah! Here's a screenshot:
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  2. nofreeman

    nofreeman Spy

    good, steam black out..
  3. ríomhaire

    ríomhaire Moderator Staff Member

    Steam announcement probably wouldn't help too much, but it wouldn't hurt.
  4. blackout

    blackout Spy

    I'm not from the oosa, so could someone explain this to me in simple english (in other words, don't just give me a link to a wikipedia article)
  5. ríomhaire

    ríomhaire Moderator Staff Member

    Basically it allows a website to be blocked by the US courts indefinitely if someone accuses the website of infringing copyright. Say if Ubisoft complained that people had put screenshots of Assassin's Creed on this site it could be blocked for all American visitors (the entire website). They also don't actually have to prove the copyright was violated.
  6. Edeslash

    Edeslash Party Escort Bot

    Of course they're against it. They're pretty much the only company who has successfully beaten piracy.
  7. blackout

    blackout Spy

    sounds bullsh*t. thanks
  8. ríomhaire

    ríomhaire Moderator Staff Member

    @Edeslash: That's a bit of a stretch. Valve games get pirated plenty.
  9. Saying that you do not support the SOPA bill does not automatically imply that you are also taking a stand against the SOPA bill.
  10. Edeslash

    Edeslash Party Escort Bot

    At least they did it better than anyone else. The 'Always think about your customers'-philosophy works. Steam is a good form of DRM because it's basically hidden. People think about Steam as a digital distribution platform with insanely cheap games.

    At the same time they're helping other customers and developers do the same.
  11. Krynn72

    Krynn72 The Freeman

    Good job blurring out all the contact information Smash.
  12. -smash-

    -smash- Gold Content Creator Staff Member

    Uh, haha, I only mildly blurred that shit out so I could get the focus centered on the body of Gabe's message.

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