• EA, Nintendo and Sony back off of SOPA support

    Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill

    A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.

    Game developer EA has also dropped its SOPA support.

    All three have an interest in curbing piracy of their games. They may have withdrawn support after seeing the full consequences of the bill, which could see site taken down or blocked if even just a small portion of its content was deemed illegal. As drafted, it would also compromise Internet security by taking apart the DNSSEC initiative the US government has wanted to prevent domain name poisoning attacks.

    They may have also reacted to public perception. Much of their more technically aware audience opposes SOPA and was key to GoDaddy reversing its position to stem mass defections.
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. megabyteme's Avatar
      megabyteme -
      Our voices are being heard for the first time. It feels good!
    1. mjmacky's Avatar
      mjmacky -
      Finally, my bashing of Sony and EA seems to be getting through :/
    1. duke0102's Avatar
      duke0102 -
      maybe something to do with the boycott of godaddy? Or maybe they are worried about getting effected lol
    1. iratetechie's Avatar
      iratetechie -
      What I would like to see is how the U.S. is going to enforce this bill in its foreign policies. I would love to see how the law would be enforced to someone from say Cuba (if they can afford the internet) or even China (if they can get through their own barriers). Even in Canada where the U.S would make the move to enforce it. It will be interesting.