Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

January 5, 2012 -

In a brief statement on the official Epic Games forums, PR Manager Dana Crowley shared the company's position on the Stop Piracy Online Act. The short story is that they do not support it in its current form.

Epic also acknowledges that they are a member of the Entertainment Software Association, which strongly supports the house bill that will be taken up again by the House Judiciary community on January 23. 

From the Epic forums:

"Hi folks,

Some people have asked how Epic feels about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). This post is meant to provide answers.

Epic Games supports efforts that would stop overseas websites profiting from pirating our games, but we have to do that in a way that's compatible with freedom of speech and due process of law.

Thus, we do not support the current version of SOPA.

We are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a trade organization that is working with legislators to refine the bill.

Best regards,

Dana Cowley
Senior PR Manager
Epic Games, Inc.

 

We admire the fact that Epic Games is the first ESA member to come out against the bill. Some might argue that being a member of the ESA makes it easy for the company to publicly denounce the bill while letting the ESA do all the heavy lifting and take all the heat, but companies have to start somewhere and exiting the ESA at the drop of a hat isn't in their best interest either. Hopefully Epic is having a dialogue with the leadership of the trade group and asking them to reconsider their hard line position.


Comments

Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

It would have been far better for Epic o have outright rejected SOPA. There is no saving this bill. There is no manner of rewriting or amending it that will make it palatable. What Epic is saying is that it still wants sweeping ability to censor the internet as long as it doesn't tick off their fans.

Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

Until you leave the ESA, or the ESA revokes support, this is nothing more than empty words.

 

Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

Precisely. I like how they've carefully worded their word choice, though.

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Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

In its current form? In any form you mean.....


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

Congratulations EPIC. You just earned a purchase of some your products from me this year.

Re: Epic: We Do Not Support SOPA in its Current Form

Shame they don't express any intent to make sure the ESA actually fights to get the bill changed before being accepted, they just say the ESA is working on it, which I highly doubt.

 
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