GOG.com Joins SOPA Opposition, Urges Users To Voice Their Concerns

By Colin Tan on January 15, 2012, 3:35AM EDT

GOG.com, an online games distributor that offers DRM-free products, have announced their opposition against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and IP Protection Act (PIPA), making them the latest industry name to join a growing list of companies, which include Riot Games and Epic Games, that oppose the bill.

"It's impossible to say what impact that legislation could have on a global company like GOG.com," said the company in a news release. "But we have a platform that can reach out to many gamers who will be effected by this, so we need to let you know about what SOPA and PIPA are and why, if you're American, you should be worried about them."

GOG.com states that while the bill's intentions to combat piracy may be good, it isn't offering the best method to do so, comparing it to the likes of any other form of DRM where pirates aren't affected by it at all and, instead, "honest consumers" feel it the most.

"SOPA works in a fashion similar to DRM, if you ask us: it only will have an effect on people who are, by and large, honest consumers. Pirates who torrent via P2P methods will not be inconvenienced in the least by SOPA and PIPA; people who post 'let's play' walkthroughs of video games on YouTube, though, may be.

"It will put the power over what content is available on the Internet very firmly into the hands of people who are rights-holders--or who claim to be. It will restrict the scope of legitimate content allowed on websites in ways we probably don't even know yet. A few examples of what might change if SOPA is passed: it could kill streaming of game footage or even game-chat, radically alter how your favorite user-generated content websites--including the GOG.com forums--function, and finally, it may well undermine the basic structure of the Internet."

The company also made assurance that they will always oppose anti-piracy methods "that threaten user privacy and freedom," adding that they will "always put trust in [their] users as the best method of fighting piracy."

Rounding up their statement, GOG.com urged its users not to simply tweet about the issue, but write to their congressperson.

"There's a chance that SOPA won't be as bad as organizations like the EFF and Wikimedia foundations say it is, but you only have one chance to stop this before it happens."

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