ESA Stands By SOPA

January 3, 2012 -

Take a look at this list. We love the companies on this list because, for the most part, they make great games. The problem is that they are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and by proxy they support SOPA. And, according to the statement issued to Joystiq today, the ESA is not backing down from that support.

In a statement emailed to Joystiq, the trade group said the following:

"As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection, and do not believe the two are mutually exclusive. Rogue websites – those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy – restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services, thereby costing jobs. Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective. We are mindful of concerns raised about a negative impact on innovation. We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation."

Gamers who stood by the ESA and the game industry during Brown v. EMA deserve better than this from these companies and these companies have a responsibility to let their customers know where they stand on this important issue. Our freedom on the Internet is more important than the sudden urgent need to fight piracy because there are better ways to do it than SOPA and Protect IP.

People in the great state of Minnesota also need to tell Senator Al Franken that he is on the wrong side of this issue - a position that flies in the face of all the work he did on net neutrality, Internet privacy and his opposition to the AT&T merger.


Comments

Re: ESA Stands By SOPA

Ah, ESA, always making it clearer why us Indies should flee you like the plague.

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The only hope now is if companies start ceasing their membership en masse

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Uhhhhhh... hey, ESA, do you realize that the House and Senate don't actually want to work with you to find a fair and reasonable solution to online piracy?  Do you realize that the goal is just to rush these bills through as fast as possible and to hell with everyone else?  Do you realize you're being played for fools?

What can be done to turn the ESA around?  They aren't GoDaddy, though a mass exodus from the Video Game Voters' Network springs to mind.

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Re: ESA Stands By SOPA

I doubt they really care about the VGVN. It served its purpose with the victory in the Supreme Court. What happens to it now is of little import.

Re: ESA Stands By SOPA

And now we're being thrown in front of the proverbial speeding train.

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I was afraid of that.  There must be SOMETHING that can be done though.  Form a new version of the ESA and declare the old one obsolete or something?

Yeah, I'm just grasping at straws, but the internet really is one of the most powerful tools on the planet, so there must be a way to apply it to this problem.  There's gotta be something that can be done that might make industries look and say, "See that?  THAT is why we need to control the internet before it controls us."

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Treat me nice, or you may end up in my next novel.

Re: ESA Stands By SOPA

The ESA represents game publishers. Unless you are a game publisher, there really is no point in trying to create another ESA. The only thing I can recommend as a gamer is to support  the ECA and fight with it to stop SOPA.

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I find myself standing in agreement.

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Papa Midnight

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Our freedom on the Internet is more important than the suddenly urgent need to fight piracy because there are better ways to do it than SOPA and Protect IP.

The slumbering giants have awoken.... and now that other people have built the internet they will take it for their own. It is out our internet anymore.... just like everything else, if someone with more money decides they like what you have, they will take it.

Re: ESA Stands By SOPA

"We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation."

Then why do you support SOPA?

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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