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Spelling Out Our Stance on SOPA

by on January 18, 2012

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The chorus of voices opposing the so-called “rogue sites” legislation, SOPA and PIPA, is growing. The opposition is also becoming more visible. In November Zynga weighed in alongside other tech companies to express concerns about the proposals.

We still have concerns and think you should, too.

While we support the goal of stopping foreign web sites from engaging in copyright infringement, we believe there are more effective and targeted ways to deal with these problems without censoring the Internet. The overly broad provisions we’ve seen in the pending SOPA and PIPA bills could be used to target legitimate US sites and freeze innovation at a time when it is needed most. 

We have equal concerns that certain proposals would tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security.

We commend President Obama for joining us and thousands of companies in taking a clear stand on these important issues.

Zynga will continue to engage in the debate. We also trust the White House will keep its promise to “continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis on legislation that provides new tools needed in the global fight against piracy and counterfeiting, while vigorously defending an open Internet based on the values of free expression, privacy, security and innovation.” 

We now encourage our users to have a point of view on these important issues that affect all of us. Visit http://stopthewall.us/ to urge your Congressional representatives to preserve a free and secure Internet and oppose SOPA and PIPA.

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