Chalk one up for gamers. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has just announced that it no longer supports the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the Protect IP Act (PIPA).
Here is the ESA's full statement:
"From the beginning, ESA has been committed to the passage of balanced legislation to address the illegal theft of intellectual property found on foreign rogue sites. 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."
This announcement comes right on the heels of both bills taking a heavy blow; with the PIPA vote being postponed, and SOPA being shelved indefinitely. It's certainly interesting timing. However, the ESA still deserves thanks for acknowledging the anit-SOPA/PIPA sentiments of gamers and industry members alike, and adapting to better represent those sentiments.
Better late than never?