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6:00 PM on 05.05.2012

Fireside chat with ECA President Hal Halpin

There's been a lot going on at the intersection of gaming and politics recently. SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, and now CISPA, our recent Supreme Court win, and the like have given us all a lot of reason to hope and to remain on our guard...

Daniel Starkey


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5:00 PM on 05.01.2012

Destructoid interviews ECA President Hal Halpin

Defending games and gamers isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s the popular press whipped into frenzy by politicians looking for a scapegoat and sometimes it’s corporations looking to squeeze a few extra bucks to make...

Daniel Starkey

12:30 PM on 04.27.2012

Hal Halpin, CISPA, and YOU

Most of our readers will remember our SOPA/PIPA blackout in January. Destructoid was joined by little-known sites like Wikipedia to protest the twin bills SOPA and PIPA that were working their way through the US House and Sen...

Daniel Starkey

9:20 AM on 01.14.2012

Donating money to oppose SOPA on the industry's behalf

Over the holidays, I received a package from THQ, just one among many pieces of swag and nonsense that publishers ply bloggers with on a regular basis. However, unlike the usual bits of miscellanea, this was something a bit m...

Jim Sterling



Hal Halpin tackles the 'Anti-Streaming Bill' photo
Hal Halpin tackles the 'Anti-Streaming Bill'
by Jim Sterling

There has been growing concern over Bill S.978, a proposed "Anti-Streaming" bill that seeks to make felons of those who stream live entertainment without the permission of license holders. The concerns have extended to gamers, many of whom enjoy watching live plays of popular games, and now wonder if those who stream could face fines or jail in the future. 

Destructoid spoke to Hal Halpin, founder of the Entertainment Consumer Association and long-time gamer advocate, about the bill. He let us know why we, as gamers, should be concerned, what this bill could mean for the future, and what we can all do about it.

I'd like to thank Hal for his time and for chatting to us about what is a very worrying issue.

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