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2012 was a busy year for the Entertainment Software Association, and the latest annual report details some of the organizations projects during the year. The ESA represents video games in a number of important ways, including supporting and maintaining ESRB rating system, and acting as a representative of the industry in defense of assorted government regulations that attempt to impose unnecessary censorship or other questionable actions.
In 2012 the ESA represented video games in vice president Joe Biden's forum on violence in America, and had an on-again, off-again relationship with its support of SOPA. The report also outlines the ESA's fight against piracy with a timeline showcasing the assorted successful campaigns against infringers. This year the ESA fought the the Electronic Frontier Foundation's attempt to secure a DMCA anti-circumvention exception for modifications that allow homebrew games and alternate operating systems. The ESA also undertook takedown efforts against 5.4 million infringing files on host sites, effectively pulling down 96% of identified illegal files. The ESA was also able to remove 94,719 advertisements that appeared on sites like eBay and Craigslist that were advertising websites hosting the online sharing of illegally obtained material.
You can check out the full report by heading here, which also details the ESA's ESRB and E3 initiatives, as well as its federal and state government affairs.
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