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Nintendo, Sony back off of SOPA support

updated 12:10 pm EST, Fri December 30, 2011

Nintendo and Sony rethink unpopular SOPA bill

A quiet update to the list of Stop Online Piract Act supporters (PDF) has shown that Nintendo and Sony have backed away from the proposed bill. Both were originally endorsing the bill as of November but quietly removed themselves from the list sometime in the past month. Neither has acknowledged the change in attitude.

Game developer EA has also dropped its SOPA support.

All three have an interest in curbing piracy of their games. They may have withdrawn support after seeing the full consequences of the bill, which could see site taken down or blocked if even just a small portion of its content was deemed illegal. As drafted, it would also compromise Internet security by taking apart the DNSSEC initiative the US government has wanted to prevent domain name poisoning attacks.

They may have also reacted to public perception. Much of their more technically aware audience opposes SOPA and was key to GoDaddy reversing its position to stem mass defections. [via Silicon Alley Insider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Len

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    Well well, looks like Sony does still care about customer support... or maybe they just didn't want to get burned by Anonymous again. :P

    Still, that's three less guys that support that monster. If this keeps up Lamar Smith is going to have a hard battle to even keep it on the table come January.

  1. Mechanic

    Joined: Dec 1969


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    This bill in its current form amounts to little more than sensorship of legitemate websites and gives the government cart blanch to shut down anyone and any website they choose for any reason. It should be killed outright. I am against piracy I buy all the IP I use from legitemate vendors. But the bill in its current form gives the government way too much power and amounts to a way to hurt the internet and legitemate websites with irrepareable harm.

  1. facebook_Fernando

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    SONY is still on the list

    Sony/ATV Music Publishing
    Sony Music Entertainment
    Sony Music Nashville

    All appear in that list. Is this link baiting? Please do not play with serious issues.

  1. mcb01

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Happened a while ago

    Sony, EA, and Nintendo have not been on this list in a while. I'm not sure why so many sites are just now reporting it.

    Sony Music may be on the list, but that is separate from Sony Computer Entertainment (makers of the ps3, psn, etc). Two separate subsidiaries of Sony with different management.

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