Nintendo, Sony, EA drop SOPA support

Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their direct support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

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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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    January 2, 2012 7:15 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo, Sony, EA drop SOPA support.

    Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their direct support for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.

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      January 2, 2012 7:20 AM

      Just...as...planned....

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      January 2, 2012 7:21 AM

      It's kinda amusing to see how support for this thing is dying.

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      January 2, 2012 7:50 AM

      The sad part is, the support isn't really drying up. It's just that THIS particular bill is bad PR.
      Once they find a bill that is better marketed, that's the one they'll put all their support behind. again.

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        January 2, 2012 8:14 AM

        Yea, I wish there was a 5 year limit on reintroducing similar bills.

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          January 2, 2012 12:31 PM

          That would be a terrible idea and get the shit abused out of it. Don't want something to pass? Propose a shitty version of it that you know will fail, and then have the whole premise banned for 5 years, then repeat.

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      January 2, 2012 8:08 AM

      "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." That's kinda key, right there.

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        January 2, 2012 10:36 AM

        True, but since the ESA is made up of more than the aforementioned members, you can't expect it reflect the companies that pulled out directly.

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      January 2, 2012 9:34 AM

      Do NOT forget about PIPA.

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      January 2, 2012 10:33 AM

      I still find it crappy that companies whose headquarters are in other countries are able to support sh*t like this.

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      January 2, 2012 8:06 PM

      they probably still support it indirectly. still, bad publicity for SOPA is good news for opponents.

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      January 3, 2012 1:16 PM

      Dropped support, my ass! They're all still supporting them! Quit spreading lies, Shacknews!