The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was just put on hold and now it is reported that the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has withdrawn their support for the infamous bill.
In a statement released by the ESA, they said “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.” continues the statement.
“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.”
After showing strong support for the bill, this is definitely a big step in making sure SOPA doesn’t see the light of day.
The ESA represents American video game publishers and hosts the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). You can see a list of the companies they represent here.