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'Minecraft' studio makes SOPA protest

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Minecraft's browser-based edition is to be temporarily shut down next week in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Markus Persson, head of developer Mojang, announced via Twitter that Minecraft.net and the studio's official website will be taken offline from January 18.

SOPA aims to help service providers tackle websites deemed to be in violation of copyright infringement. Opponents of the bill warn that it could be harmful to the internet as a whole, bringing repercussions for legitimate websites.

Mojang joins fellow gaming companies Epic Games, Runic Games, Riot Games, and Red 5 Studios in opposing the bill. Internet firms Facebook, Google, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay and Wikipedia are also opposed.

Universal, Warner Bros, Viacom, ESPN, ABC, Major League Baseball and the National Football League are among SOPA's key supporters. Marvel Entertainment and its parent company Disney are also in favour.

Persson did not confirm how long the services will be suspended for.

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