The recent news on the web regarding the Stop Online Piracy Act was not digested well by many websites and their members, not to mention the recent message to Sony from “hacktivist” group Anonymous. (Which I feel is unrelated, seriously.) Today news comes to me that Sony, Nintendo and Electronic Arts have removed themselves from the SOPA bandwagon.
For anyone who’s unfamiliar with it, the proposed SOPA legislation gives both the U.S. government and copyright holders the authority to seek court orders against websites associated with infringing, pirating or counterfeiting intellectual property. If the act passes, it could drastically change the way the Internet operates.
On the surface, the gaming companies probably threw their support to the bill because it would also help curb piracy of gaming. However, I’m sure they’ve been paying attention to the onslaught of negative press and customer dissidence experienced by domain registrar Go Daddy over the last few weeks.
In Sony’s case, it’s probably best to stay clear of any piece of legislation that would draw attention from activists. Earlier today, “hacktivist” group Anonymous pledged to once again take down Sony’s Playstation online gaming network due to the company’s SOPA support.
Overall, public support for SOPA seems to be crumbling, as a number of big companies have removed their names from the official congressional list