The lights are on
Possibly in response to the recent plethora of news stories covering SOPA and Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony's engagement with the act, the Entertainment Software Association has issued a statement.
The ESA issued the following statement to Joystiq.com in regard to its stance on SOPA:
"As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection, and do not believe the two are mutually exclusive. Rogue websites – those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy – restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services, thereby costing jobs. Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective. We are mindful of concerns raised about a negative impact on innovation. We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation."
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Good for them. In this haze, it is really hard to see how this will finally end up.
Unless they find another way to fight crime that doesn't infringe on rights, I think they're going to be quite sorry about any supposed "victory" over piracy.
SOPA is just ridiculous. What they and the ESA are doing is playing the guilt trip and "protecting the good citizens from evil pirates" cards to have complete control over everyone's internet access. Yes piracy is bad, but it's not single-handedly destroying companies. There are many other issues at play, piracy is just a good scapegoat for these companies to wrestle control from people. This would be a a good starting point for Anonymous, if they do it in a mature fashion and act in the best interest of the people.
I'm a little scared about all this... What the hell is going on!! Maybe hacker groups can fix all of this, with the right intentions of course - not taking down something like PSN. That was just stupid.