ESA Maintains Support For SOPA

By Colin Tan on January 3, 2012, 8:08PM EST

The Entertainment Software Association has reaffirmed its support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), an anti-piracy bill that's being sent through the works in the Senate, despite major players like Sony, Nintendo and Electronic Arts reportedly pulling out of the effort.

"The United States cannot and should not tolerate this criminal activity," wrote the ESA in a letter to congress. "Not only are jobs and consumers at risk, but rogue sites contribute absolutely no value to the U.S. marketplace.

"The operators of rogue sites break laws, do not pay taxes, and skirt accountability. In light of
these concerns, we urge you to enact carefully balanced rogue sites legislation this year. We
commend both the House and the Senate for their attention to this important issue and look
forward to working with you in support of that goal."

The ESA acts as the gaming industry's lobby and part of their core duties includes taking steps to counter and fight against online piracy, much like the way the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) does for the music industry. The group utilizes its own piracy monitoring system, and spends millions of dollars lobbying Washington every year on behalf of its members, which include the likes of Sony, Nintendo, EA and many more.

While the aforementioned big boys have pulled out, so long as the ESA continues to support SOPA, so will its members, if only by proxy. Recent reports have revealed that hacktivist group Anonymous is targeting supporters of SOPA, specifically Sony. While the group maintains that they won't touch the PlayStation Network, due to the consumer backlash they suffered early last year, Sony executives and employees do not appear to be safe.


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