ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

January 20, 2012 -

The Entertainment Software Association announced that it no longer supports the Stop Online Piracy Act or the Protect IP Act. In a statement released today the trade group representing the video game industry said that it had always intended to support a bill that was balanced and fair.

Of course a simple read-through of either law would indicate that SOPA and PIPA did not take a balanced approach to the internet’s nature of free expression and sharing. In fact it took a draconian approach to enforcement that used the power of the federal government to take down websites without due process. The ESA's statement:

"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. "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 was widely criticized by the gaming community for being hypocritical on the issue of free speech – particularly in light of the groundswell of support from gamers in their Supreme Court fight against the state of California (Brown v. EMA). Some publications even called for a boycott of the group’s annual game industry event E3.

We’ll leave the pontifications on motivation and sincerity to our readers. We do want to take this time to applaud the ESA for finally and quite publicly dropping its support for these horrific bills.

Source: Kotaku. Thanks to PHX-Corp for the tip. Image Credit: ESA.


Comments

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Time for a regime change as far as I'm concerned ESA. You've shown your colors and they are a putrid shade of green.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Sorry, ESA.  This is too late to be meaningful, and we are understandably cynical about your motivation for making this statement.  We don't believe that this statement is honest or sincere.  You've shown your true colors and tried to throw us under a bus.  And now you want to pretend that it was just a mistake and you really had our best interests at heart all along?  Please.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Too little too late. I will no longer buy any games from companies that refused to declare themselves against SOPA while the ESA represented them. For the next year or so I'll just stick to Minecraft and my backlog, after that there's Neverwinter and Shadowrun Online. This customer ain't coming back.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

"I will no longer buy any games from companies that refused to declare themselves against SOPA while the ESA represented them."

You could buy them used.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

I'd rather play Call of Cthulhu. :) Which is in my backlog, actually.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

that's what I'll be doing.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

I'm probably still going to be on an E3 blackout this year.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Translation:

"SOPA has been shelved, so we are announcing that we have withdrawn our support so that maybe some sucker will believe we aren't jerks."

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

It's not going to matter anyway for me, ESA just backstabbed us over trying to censor the internet. That's why I'll only watch E3 to find out when the Wii U will come out and that's it

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

"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."

This screams of disenginuity.

----
Papa Midnight

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

"Humm...it is popular to hate SOPA/PIPA right now.  We've been looking for a good time to jump ship and we can also come up with a puff piece, I mean, press release that fixes our previous statements to make us look good again to gamers.  Two birds with one stone.

Next:  Well, that didn't work.  Let's come up with ways to distrac....oh look!  An EAGLE!"

- Left4Dead Why are zombies always eating brains? I want to see zombies that eat toes for a living. Undead-related pun intended.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

The ESA is a slimy group. They are not pulling their support for these bills because of actual concern. They are pulling support for these bills because:

1) The entire gaming public had turned against them.

2) These bills are effectively on life support.

When these bills to come back from the shadows, I have no doubt that the ESA will be right back in with support for them. They may hesitate to test the waters, but their intentions have been made crystal clear these last few weeks.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

"From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation"

Quit lying when you spin. If you were committed to balance, you wouldn't have supported these montrosities.

 

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Motivation is easy to find. Reporters were pulling out of E3 left and right.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

Just how many reporters had pulled out of E3 so far? I know some had thanks to the video that had been put out about it.

 - W

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

Re: ESA Drops Support for PIPA, SOPA

I hope everyone keeps pulling. Make companies understand when you do too little too late, it doesn't make up for things.

 

 
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