Last week was the internet-wide blackout in protest of SOPA and PIPA. The result of that and a lot of people contacting congress opposing the bill, both bills have been shelved. On the day of the blackout, a video was posted with a big message, to not support the ESA while they support the SOPA bill. We were urged to not cover or attend E3 this year unless the ESA changed their stance on SOPA. We follow suit and pledged to not cover the event under those conditions. Fast forward to Friday, the ESA withdrew their support for SOPA. They released a statement that detailed their reason for withdrawn support from the bill while still calling for congress and the administration to come up with a balanced solution.
“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.”
While both bills are shelved NOW, we still advise you to let your voices be heard and continue to contact your congressperson! You can do that by visiting here. For those who still haven’t caught on, that means we’ll be covering E3 this year, Yaaaay for change!
Source – Joystiq