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ESA Drops SOPA Support; Gamers, Developers Rejoice

It's been a crazy week concerning SOPA and PIPA, ranging from shelved/not shelved to Blackout Day to the launch of League For Gamers to senators dropping support to the Anonymous assault on everyone involved. It's been busy to say the least, and so far the adventurous week has concluded with both SOPA and PIPA shelved... for the time being.

Case closed? Not quite yet. There's an epilogue.

On Friday the Entertainment Software Association said it has dropped its support for SOPA -- conveniently right after the bill was put on indefinite hold earlier that morning. The ESA, which represents a large portion of the video game industry, stated that the most recent version of the legislation had "unintended consequences."

"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," the ESA states. "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," the ESA continues. "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."

Earlier this month, the ESA said it was aware of the complaints about the bill, but looked forward to working with the House and Senate to "find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation."

But the ESA was caught in a tight spot. On one end, it was defending the very publishers that provides funding, yet many developers under its wing spoke out against its stance, claiming that SOPA and PIPA would stop the free flow of user-generated content, shut down the streaming of games and e-Sports, and could even stifle message boards.

But here we are. SOPA and PIPA are shelved for now, and the ESA has stepped out of the picture. The battle is long from over, but at least we can enjoy the weekend knowing that the Internet won't come crashing down anytime soon... unless someone ticks off Anonymous again before the day is over.

  • rohitbaran
    Doesn't matter. They showed their true colors before the bill was shelved.
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  • spentshells
    It wont be long they will attach this stuff to another bill and not tell anyone.
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  • JonnyDough
    What happened was that Hollywood companies (wealthy) were pressuring (buying off) congress. Then other large companies (ie Google) stepped in and complained. This pressured congress to rethink their "take away freedom one bill at a time" strategy.
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  • livebriand
    Wasn't this government founded because we didn't like another oppressing power (England)? And now, the corporations ARE the oppressing power? wtf? I wouldn't be at all surprised if the corporations try to sneak this in when no one's looking, perhaps as a part of another bill. The internet is fine as it is. Piracy is just a cost of business, and they need to learn to live with it. The world doesn't revolve around big corporations' interests.
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  • pepe2907
    "Now lets aim our guns at some foreign target."
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  • thanks to Anonymous some injustice has been dialed back. But i to agree they will bury it within some other legislation that we want to occur.. Thanks Anonymous victory is sweet for now.
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  • kinggraves
    "Unintended consequences"

    You mean how League for Gamers was formed? It would be a pretty bad consequence if your developers left for a more independent group and realized they didn't need you as much as you make it seem. Better back it up and get them back while you still can.

    The biggest flaw with the war on piracy is the people who are fighting it. Why is it that the blue collar American worker and struggling artist are supposed to be the ones hurt by piracy but the only ones fighting it are corporate fatcats, unnecessary associations, and class action lawyers?
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  • theconsolegamer
    livebriandWasn't this government founded because we didn't like another oppressing power (England)? And now, the corporations ARE the oppressing power? wtf? I wouldn't be at all surprised if the corporations try to sneak this in when no one's looking, perhaps as a part of another bill. The internet is fine as it is. Piracy is just a cost of business, and they need to learn to live with it. The world doesn't revolve around big corporations' interests.Dude USA has been changing since Reagan. As others have said, they WILL pass this bill conceal in another bills. The people from USA is very aware of what's happening and are reacting which means that at some point or another Civil War will break in the USA, simply because big ol' corporations will not back down from trying to have more control of their profits.
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  • sykozis
    theconsolegamerDude USA has been changing since Reagan. As others have said, they WILL pass this bill conceal in another bills. The people from USA is very aware of what's happening and are reacting which means that at some point or another Civil War will break in the USA, simply because big ol' corporations will not back down from trying to have more control of their profits.Unfortunately, it's starting to look more and more like a revolution will become a necessary action to stop the downward spiral. We fought England for our freedom because we were tired of their oppressive rule....nor, our own government is trying to oppress us. The government has bailed out everyone but those that actually need it. Why is this? To increase their control. The government, banks and big corporations control the money and thus control us. The government is only doing what's necessary to prevent a full blown depression....nothing more, nothing less. So long as banks and big business keep showing profits, they have to reason to work towards improving the economy. Now that they've taken away financial freedom from so many....it's time to move on and work towards taking more away from us. Eventually, we won't have any alternative but to start taking it ALL back.
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  • peanutsrevenge
    theconsolegamerDude USA has been changing since Reagan. As others have said, they WILL pass this bill conceal in another bills. The people from USA is very aware of what's happening and are reacting which means that at some point or another Civil War will break in the USA, simply because big ol' corporations will not back down from trying to have more control of life, the universe and everything.
    Fixed
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