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SB Nation's Official Opposition to SOPA And PIPA

We imagine many here are aware that today a number of huge websites including Wikipedia have gone dark in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Today, our parent company SB Nation issued a statement opposing these proposed laws. Here is the crux of SB Nation's opposition, as written by the editor of, Chris Mottram:

In this age of new media, there are new and varied ways of using and sharing content that didn't exist just a few years ago, and content owners want to make sure that those uses don't go too far. The problem with SOPA as drafted is that the legislation could not only greatly reduce our ability to find the content we're looking for online, but it could also have serious implications for SB Nation and many of our other favorite sites.

Vox Media, Inc., the parent company of SB Nation (and BN), has also issued an official company statement laying out opposition to these laws, which you can read it here (HT Bleed Cubbie Blue).

We normally do not discuss politics here. However, while this site is about UCLA athletics and almost everything pertaining to our alma mater, these laws are important for all of us to be aware of because they may have potential impact on SB Nation. We couldn't have this community without SBN (not sure how many of you know but BruinsNation was the first non-baseball blog on SBN and we take a lot of pride in that fact). So there you have it. If you want discuss these provisions, make sure you do it respectfully.

Go Bruins.