By now, you've surely seen something about and/or been impacted by the protests against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act). If you're not sure what I'm talking about, go ahead and try to hit up Wikipedia. I'll wait.
Vox Media, the parent company of SB Nation, and SB Nation themselves have taken a stance against SOPA, as have I. In an effort to keep this out of the political realm as much as possible and focus on what it means for us here, there is something that we are going to be implementing as a result of this.
On game days, we usually have folks that are looking for a stream to the Vikings games that are available through the internet. Such streams are illegal, as they violate all sorts of copyright laws and things of that nature. Hence, going forward, this is the policy on linking to non-league endorsed streams of NFL games.
If you post a stream to a copyrighted broadcast on this site and I see it, it will be deleted and you will be warned. If you re-post said stream or post another stream, it will be deleted and you will be banned.
We here at DN have an obligation to police our little corner of the internet. . .and, quite frankly, I think you folks would rather have us cleaning it up than having some sort of outside entity cleaning it up for us. I know that I damn sure would.
We've been pretty lax on this sort of thing during the time this site has been up and running. Starting next season. . .and even with broadcasts of the NFL Draft or the Combine or things of that nature. . .that will no longer be the case.
So, there you go. No more streams. Not debatable, not negotiable. Yes, I realize that this is going to disappoint a lot of people, but we have to do what we have to do.