EA, Nintendo, and Sony Electronics have
erased their names from an ever-shrinking list of supporters for the
US' Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Despite including themselves in the initial plea to the US Congress back in September 2011, the three gaming
giants were recently discovered to have quietly disappeared from the
list, which has seen its fair share of defectors since the SOPA
Sony's withdrawal is thought to be
motivated in part by Anonymous' most recent threat.
That said, it's more likely Sony chose to back away from a fight that
has already crippled pro-SOPA sites like GoDaddy, which was recently
“convinced” to change its position on the bill following a boycott from its members.
Above: UK Rapper Dan Bull explains SOPA
Although Sony Electronics is no longer publicly backing SOPA, its music divisions still appear on the list along with
the likes of other high profile companies like BMI, Capitol
Records, MCA Records, Marvel Entertainment, and Viacom.
As for EA, a company rep told Joystiq
it had never taken an official stance on SOPA, casting doubt on the
validity of the original list and/or EA's short-term memory.
The SOPA bill was introduced in fall of
2011 as a means to give the US Government and private companies the
legal means to block sites they believe to be violating copyright
laws. The bill was pitched as a way to curb internet piracy and
protect rights holders from digital theft, however opponents of the
bill - which include heavy hitters like Google, Facebook, Twitter,
and PayPal - warn SOPA is too vague in its
definition of copyright offenders, therefore making it easier for the
government and corporations to censor internet content as they see
An official vote on SOPA has been
delayed until a later 2012 date.
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