The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) (aka: the gaming industry), has announced it’s pull of support from the proposed Bills Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) & Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). They were one of the largest Vocal Supporters of these bills that would eventually kill the internet.
Kotaku reports that they as of today, the ESA has dropped support, and issued a statement, after today’s shelving of the bills. Wednesday’s Internet Blackout – and the support of everyone who became aware of what these bills would do to the internet – worked. Internet 1, Congress 0. Even though they decided to publicly voice their support drop after the bills were shelved, it is still good to know that they no longer support these bills as is.
FYI, Electronic Arts is a member of the ESA.
“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.