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The Entertainment Software Association, a trade group that represents U.S video game publishers, has dropped its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
"From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites," the group said in a statement released to media outlets. "Although the need to address this pervasive threat to our industry's creative investment remains, concerns have been expressed about unintended consequences stemming from the current legislative proposals.
"Accordingly, we call upon Congress, the Obama Administration, and stakeholders to refocus their energies on producing a solution that effectively balances both creative and technology interests. As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection and are committed to working with all parties to encourage a balanced solution."
The ESA said earlier this month it strongly supported the bill.
Earlier today, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid postponed the January 24 vote for the PIPA bill, while House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a statement this morning saying he will delay action on the SOPA.
A list of all the video game companies that are members of the ESA can be found here. The ESA also hosts E3, the annual trade show held in Los Angeles.
I think if SOPA had gone through or they pick it up again close to E3, people should make a real statement. People should boycott E3 lol
I know it would suck, but at the same time, it would make a huge statement. E3 isn't just talked about on gaming news sites, it get's talked about on regular TV news too.
Good. Now if the bills would just kind of spontaneously combust, that would be great.
About time they crossover
That E3 boycott is sounding pretty good about now.
Well good. So why didn't they just do it before like a smart company would do?....Oh..
I like how it took them to this point to say that "we need to find a balanced solution."
they are idiots for supporting it in the 1st place but good
I love how all these companies, including Microsoft, suddenly switch from supporting SOPA to condemning it all because it has negative public attention. And yet they "sneakily" still support PIPA because it has not incurred a public outcry and few have noticed it's the same exact thing.
PIPA has only been temporarily shelved while the senators are in recess. SOPA most likely won't pass but it's not over yet.
Good. I was very happy to hear last night during the GOP debate that all 4 nominees are anti-SOPA.