A petition on Change.org that we mentioned on January 10 has caught on fire and now enjoys more than 120,000 virtual signatures. The petition was aimed at Electronic Arts and its top executives and it urged them to publically oppose SOPA and PIPA. EA does not have an official position on either bill, but it was one of several signatories on a Chamber of Commerce letter back in September of 2011 urging lawmakers to pass tough anti-piracy legislation. The company is also a key member of the ESA, who publicly supports SOPA.
While sifting through the comments, I noticed another petition about SOPA that is worth signing because it is aimed directly at Hollywood and the entertainment industry. The petition, created by Calvin Starnes of Los Angeles, names Taylor Hackford, President of the Directors Guild of America; Screen Actors Guild (SAG) National Executive Director David White; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) National Executive Director Kim Roberts Hedgpeth; The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) PresidentMatthew D. Loeb; International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) General President Jim Hoffa; Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Dodd; and Writers Guild of America President Chris Keyser.
The petition, found here, urges Hollywood to "formally oppose SOPA and PIPA." Here's the opening paragraph of the petition:
"Recently both the House and the Senate have drafted bills that attempt to deal with the issue of online piracy involving movies, television, music, and software. We understand the importance of protecting our jobs and our industry. We understand that piracy of all forms hurt the entertainment industry and must be stopped. But, these acts of Congress will do more harm than good."
If anything, this latest petition shows that not everyone in the entertainment industry supports these bills. In fact many of the commenters that have already signed the petition are horrified that their unions support these bills. If you'd like to help them make their point, stop by and show your support by signing it.
Thanks to Uncharted NES and TechDirt.
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