Nintendo, Sony, EA drop SOPA support

By Steve Watts, Jan 02, 2012 7:15am PST

Three high-profile games industry companies have dropped their financial support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, the controversial legislation that has received backlash from corners of the Internet. Nintendo, Sony, and EA were listed as sponsors of a letter supporting the bill, but their names have now been pulled from an updated list.

Business Insider reports that an updated list shows the three giants missing. It's worth noting that Sony is still represented by various music publishing arms, and that all three are members of the Entertainment Software Association, which still supports the bill.

The sweeping legislation would give companies the power to order a take down, cut off revenue, or blacklist the URL of a site that is infringing on its copyright. Even linking to a site that infringes could be enough under the terms of the bill, leading critics to say it's overreaching.

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