Pirates ahoy! It looks like the granny brigade are out again, this time its all a bit odd though. The ‘Motion Picture Association of America’ (MPAA) have a hard on for illegal material and want to stamp it out at any cost… the latest in a long line of ‘down with this sort of thing’ attempts by them on game and movie related content. You see the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ or SOPA as it has become known is an attempt to stop online piracy. OK, we can debate the merits of Piracy another day but the important thing to note here is that this ‘Act’ also kills any freedom the Internet has, at least from an American standpoint – which is massively significant for the rest of the world. Its kind of like using a nuke to kill an ant hill, as the fallout of the attack will destroy the very things that you are trying to protect. When you see big hitters like Microsoft, Sony and EA to name but a few oppose this Act, then you know that its toxic as they would love nothing more than to stamp out piracy. The price is too high and it is their consensus that this Act would stifle freedom and ergo creativity for the industry at large, even Obama thinks this is a bad idea. Wikipedia, Reddit and Gamerillaz along with a bucket-load of other sites are shutting up shop for a 24 hour period as of 8am on the 18th of January (Tomorrow) as a protest – Reaper Gaming will be joining them. I think we should all do the same and protect the freedom of speech/online ability. Say it loud and say it proud – Fuck the MPAA!! It is unlikely that this Act will carry but we all still need to stand up and fight the power so we can bury this kind of oppressive mentality six feet under – Do it! If you want to know more about the in’s and out’s – check here.