Monday, January 2nd 2012

Nintendo, Sony, EA Withdraw Support for SOPA: Too Little Too Late?

Video game industry majors Nintendo, Sony, and EA dropped financial support for the passage of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), as an increasing number of the bill's proponents are feeling the sting of bad PR as a result of their endorsement of the bill. Last month we've seen domain registrar GoDaddy suffer a mass exodus of tens of thousands of domains to its competitors due to its initial endorsement of SOPA, which it later withdrew seeing the public outcry that has some real implications on its business.

This latest withdrawal from Nintendo, Sony, and EA appears to be similar, a knee-jerk response to the bad PR each of SOPA's endorsers are getting. The updated list of the bill's endorsements (read: here) shows the three companies to be missing from it (they were earlier listed). SOPA has been widely criticized as being overkill, too wide-ranged, and too vaguely written to tackle online piracy. Critics say it is peppered with loopholes that make censorship by corporations and governments easy. Think of it as using a tactical nuclear strike to take down a pillbox. Sure, the pillbox will be obliterated, but you end up destroying everything unrelated to it in a very wide area surrounding it.Source: Business Insider
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34 Comments on Nintendo, Sony, EA Withdraw Support for SOPA: Too Little Too Late?

#1
Mega-Japan
Am I the only one who keeps getting reminded of soup whenever these news come up?

P.S. SOPA = SOUP in Spanish.
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#2
Fx
by: qubit
Yeah, play it like you're the other side, but to give yourself the reason to implement what you're trying to push? Yeah, it happens and it may well be happening here for all I know. I'm not saying it is, but agree that it's certainly plausible.
it is happening over there :(

effective strat isnt it? they use it so much it is crazy. I felt like a total fool for having never noticed it until a month ago

by: qubit
Hey, that video sounds like something out of a movie!
ya bro. that guy is trying to spread the truth and he is doing a damn fine job. I commend him because he is really painting a target onto himself
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#3
_JP_
by: Mega-Japan
Am I the only one who keeps getting reminded of soup whenever these news come up?
No. Saying it out loud in my language is silly. Soup isn't evil, it's good for you. :)
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#4
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: btarunr
Sure, the pillbox will be obliterated, but you end up destroying everything unrelated to it in a very wide area surrounding it.
The pillbox won't be obliterated though. Individuals just have to access it via IP address instead of domain name but it opens the door wide open for the property you own (domain name) to be used as a weapon against your website when the DNS was never intended to be used that way.
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#5
DonInKansas
by: _JP_
No. Saying it out loud in my language is silly. Soup isn't evil, it's good for you. :)
Not if someone pours a boiling pot in your lap. Or throws a can of it at your head. :roll:

Fear the SOPA!
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#6
HillBeast
Sony Music is still in there. They haven't pulled out.
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#7
v12dock
I might as well just go to jail if this law comes out
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#8
NinkobEi
by: v12dock
I might as well just go to jail if this law comes out
Completely agree. If they think they can get thousands of dollars from me or millions, i'll just laugh my ass off and go enjoy life in a county jail eating free food and watching free tv for a while.
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#9
NAVI_Z
by: _JP_
Gee, I wonder if this had anything to do with it:
Youtube: WjOPXpd9PSU
sounds a lot like G Man. Hmmmmm...... I wonder:wtf:
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