13 Jan
2012
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Minecraft Spreads Awareness of SOPA

Notch stated in a tweet posted Jan 13th at 9am, “Decided. We’ll silently take down minecraft.net and mojang.com on the 18th in protest of SOPA.” This move is in solidarity with community news sharing site Reddit, which is also going to shut down their site on the 18th. This date is significant because on that day there will be a “congressional committee hearing to hear opinions from many web security experts and tech industry leaders about the impact SOPA and PIPA could have.”

This decision is in light of Notch recently sparking a fresh piracy debate on some twitter posts. It started when Notch tweeted to AndresLeay to “@AndresLeay Just pirate it. If you still like it when you can afford it in the future, buy it then. Also don’t forget to feel bad. ;)” This sparked controversy, as Notches tweets are directly being fed to Reditt. Several inflammatory IGN articles were written. Notch responded “I have no plans on censoring myself. I leave that to SOPA. Also, kill all kittens.” He then later elaborated on this views that piracy is unstoppable and that, “ I don’t exactly “approve”, but I think it’s a minor offence in the scale of things. Jaywalking level. Littering.”

Notch realizes that the ability for players to post screen shots and post videos of their Minecraft creations is a tribute to a huge amount of the games success. This is a testament to the new business model. Let Hollywood die, it’s a dinosaur.

So, what do you think?

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