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ESA pulls support for SOPA and PIPA, shrugs nonchalantly

3:35 PM on 01.20.2012 // Dale North
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The Entertainment Software Association has released a new statement regarding SOPA and PIPA now that we've stirred things around a bit. And would you look at that: the support for these proposals have been pulled. 

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. 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.

Compare that to what the ESA said earlier this month when they pledged support for SOPA. Nice moves, gents. Not wishy-washy at all!  I take it you weren't liking the idea of an E3 boycott. 

So what happened here? Did the ESA get scared? Or did they wimp out after SOPA/PIPA were shelved. Or! Or maybe the finally saw the full potential impact of these proposals. Hmm. Nah.



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