On January 18 at 8:00 am ET GamePolitics and other ECA-owned websites will go dark in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Acts. We are proud to stand with an estimated 7,000 web sites and organizations to show our opposition to the government’s efforts to curtail free speech and innovation in the name of protecting the interests of corporations and lobbyists. We feel that there are better ways to fight online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods without comprising innovation, free speech, and the integrity of the Internet.
While other sites may (or may not) have a vested interest in seeing these bills defeated, our only interest is the Internet community. We will always stand for the unfettered right to free speech and free expression of gamers everywhere. We urge ECA members and our readers to contact their elected representatives in Washington and let them know that SOPA and PIPA are two pieces of legislation that need to die. We'll let the last word be from the ECA:
"The ECA supports free speech and stands against censorship. Today, in solidarity with other websites of every shape and size, we are going black and calling on everyone to take action NOW. Contact your Senators to stop the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Stand with the ECA and against censorship. Take action NOW."