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EA, Nintendo, and Sony Electronics remove SOPA support

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 debate began.

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 fit.

An official vote on SOPA has been delayed until a later 2012 date.

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22 comments

  • Ziggy709 - January 2, 2012 3:31 p.m.

    I have to agree with Farsided on this one. Piracy is a crime like any other and WILL NOT go away because of some bill. Case point: The original U.N. outlawed war. Yeah, that worked. Consider the prohibition era. Booze was illegal, but it was in demand, so those willing to get their hands dirty made a huge profit. I'm not saying what they did was right, but I know that someone will always provide a good that's in demand. The most effective way to combat piracy is to sell your goods at more affordable prices. When prices go down, this makes competition go up. Competition makes innovation, advancing the world. This is good for the consumer and the provider. Everybody wins, except criminals. Hurray for justice and capitalism.
  • J-spit - January 2, 2012 2:12 p.m.

    Guess who IS on the list of supporters.....Activision. Nothing more to say. You know how to feel about it.
  • Ironarm - January 2, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    I wish Gamesradar had a "Like" button
  • tyler_14_420 - January 2, 2012 1:55 p.m.

    I can't even think of a proper analogy for this. Websites like ThePirateBay facilitate legal content and they are not responsible for the pirated content on there. All they do is host the files that are essentailly a phonebook to uploaders. This is like banning phonebooks because someone used it to call a drug dealer! Where will I grab a torrent of my DKC2 Tribute Albums?!
  • Manguy17 - January 2, 2012 1:40 p.m.

    If Sopa passes im going to make a point to pirate everything.
  • Y2Ken - January 2, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Well this is definitely something good. Even if this particular story isn't actually that big a step in any direction.
  • Rodon - January 2, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    Alot of you say there are better ways to combat piracy. Please name them.
  • christian-shaffer - January 2, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    Any way that doesn't give government and corporations the freedom to censor the internet.
  • ThatGamerDude - January 2, 2012 1:02 p.m.

    [Insert comment about SOPA being retarded and a joy-kill to the internet here]
  • Pwnz0r3d - January 2, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    It won't pass. I'm all for tougher anti-piracy measures, just no the ones that restrict freedom. Besides, (I won't delve any deeper into this, its a video game site) despite how utterly idiotic our congress is, even THEY won't pass this. If anything, its because the wording is too open to interpretation. Meaning hundreds of lawsuits will arise because they made a half assed bill that anyone can use for their own personal benefit.
  • profile0000 - January 2, 2012 1:24 p.m.

    I can see our split Congress passing this, actually. Whether or not they are effective, general-sounding legislature passes much more easily in a bipartisan Congress than a very specific legislature. I predict SOPA will be passed, [various interest groups] will challenge it in court, and the SCOTUS will strike it down on First Amendment grounds.
  • SparkleDevon - January 2, 2012 12:49 p.m.

    There are such better ways to stop piracy. I'm glad companies I respect are removing their support for such a horrendous act.
  • BladedFalcon - January 2, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    SOPA is bullshit and an affront to freedom, period. Good to see some companies are starting to see sense and back out of it. If that shit bill was ever to pass, the Internet as we know it would be fucked, simple as that.
  • BigLandoz - January 2, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    Sony Electronics is still supporting PIPA, the senate version of SOPA. Until they stop backing both bills, it's just PR from Sony.
  • jrex13 - January 2, 2012 11:47 a.m.

    Just to remind everyone, they took their names off but the ESA still supports SOPA, which they are still members of. This means they still support it, just not 200%.
  • Unoriginal - January 2, 2012 11:46 a.m.

    "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." That sentence really made me smile. Anyhoo: Fuck SOPA
  • shawksta - January 2, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    its only common sense they would go away from the Bill, its SOPA, good sense came to them.
  • WTeen8 - January 2, 2012 10:35 a.m.

    I can't see how people are still supporting SOPA. With all of the hate, I'm surprised it's still under consideration. This won't stop piracy, only make it worse. If only GABEN was in congress, this would help everything. (the gaben thing is a joke, but still)
  • Kinnolo - January 2, 2012 10:26 a.m.

    I'm glad they're losing support. SOPA is a blatant disregard for the constitution and freedom of speech. There are better ways to stop piracy. "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." Under SOPA I'm sure they would even find some outlandish reason to take down GR.
  • EnigmaSpirit - January 2, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Good job guys. Can't wait for this thing bill to finally die.

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