Epic Denounces SOPA, Despite Its ESA Membership

By Patrick Molloy on January 7, 2012, 11:29AM EDT

Epic Games says it does not support the "Stop Online Piracy Act" in its current form, conflicting with the Entertainment Software Association's approving stance on the pending bill.

The Gears of War and Unreal Engine maker, which is a member of the trade organization, is one of the first major developers/publishers to release a statement expressing that it does not fully support the legislation.

SOPA allows the U.S. government and copyright holders to seek court orders for internet service providers to immediately prevent access to any website accused of hosting copyright-infringing material, such as sites that allow visitors to download pirated games.

Opponents of the legislation, though, argue that SOPA will be ineffective in fighting piracy, and that it could potentially threaten any website that allows users to post or upload content, among other complaints.

"Epic Games supports efforts that would stop overseas websites profiting from pirating our games," said Epic's senior PR manager Dana Cowley. "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," added Cowley.

Source: Epic Games

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