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The Entertainment Software Association has dropped its support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) after originally throwing its support behind the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The ESA had been coming under increasing pressure from both the game development industry and from individual gamers. Many had threatened to boycott the ESA's flagship convention, E3.
"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," the group said in a statement. "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."
In related news, after losing critical support from Congressional members, both the SOPA and PIPA bills have been shelved for the time being. Not only did the legislation lose support of many rank and file Congressional members but the proposed laws saw their authors lose enthusiasm for passage of the controversial legislation. SOPA and PIPA were designed, at least ostensibly, to stop software piracy.