The Entertainment Software Association, or the ESA, has made an official statement regarding their stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. For those not in the know, SOPA is a piece of legislation that, due to the wording of the law, will give content owners the power to shut down websites over copyright infringement claims.
Other than the very loose wording of the law and the likely “witch-hunt” mentality that will occur if SOPA is passed, the other goal of the law is to attempt to curtail online piracy, effectively shutting down torrent sites and pirated material for sale and for download. Suffice to say, many following the ongoing war have pulled support for SOPA, including Channel Awesome, our parent company.
But, the ESA has recently issued a statement regarding their support for the legislation.
According to the ESA website, “The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) is the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, and the Internet. The ESA offers a range of services to interactive entertainment software publishers including a global anti-piracy program, business and consumer research, government relations and intellectual property protection efforts.”
The ESA has numerous companies in the video game industry as primary members, including Nintendo, Sony, and Electronic Arts, who last week silently pulled their support for SOPA. To say the least, this is a mixed message of sorts, although several developers and companies have begun to urge fellow publishers to remove their support of the ESA.
The battle lines are being drawn every day over SOPA. Only time will tell if things come to a head.
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