League of Legends Congressman Stands with Game Developers Against SOPA

Representative Jared Polis of Colorado

This is Jared Schutz Polis. Jared is the founder of the ISP/web hosting service American Information Systems, former member of the Colorado State Board of Education, popular philanthropist, currently serving U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, and avid League of Legends player (partial to Anivia and Maokai).

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When League of Legend’s developer Riot Games threw their weight behind the growing anti-SOPA movement in a forum post, Representative Polis was one of the first to respond:

“I’m particularly concerned that SOPA might stifle the kind of innovation that brings us games we love, such as LoL. The bill makes it far too easy for angry competitors to sue good law abiding companies out of existence. It threatens any company or website that depends on user-generated content, even companies like Riot. Instead of coming up with great ways to keep making games like LoL even better, companies will have to spend their money hiring lawyers. That's why companies like Riot, who want to protect the games they create, are opposed to SOPA.

I’ve been working on alternative legislation that would protect the games companies create while also fostering innovation. But we also need you to call your members of Congress and let them know of your opposition to SOPA. This bill has a very real chance of passing, and it is up to all of who want to protect the Internet to take action. More information is available at http://keepthewebopen.com/. Please make your voices heard in this debate! I will be happy to respond to your posts below, and will check back every few hours today and respond to as many as I can.”

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