SOPA battle lines are wavering – Nintendo, EA and Sony slip away?

3 Jan 2012

Support for SOPA, especially in the aftermath of the fiasco, appears to be waning if unconfirmed reports that EA Games, Sony and Nintendo have backed away from the controversial proposed set of laws are true.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) proposed in Congress by lobbyists backed by Hollywood and the music industry has polarised the internet world, with many who are against the law fearing it will stifle innovation and give the US government the power to censor the web using techniques similar to those used by Iran, China and Malaysia.

It emerged overnight that digital entertainment giants Nintendo and Sony may be wavering in their support of SOPA.

It is understood that EA, Nintendo and Sony’s gaming division may have quietly removed their names from the list of SOPA supporters during the past month.

In recent weeks, online publishing site Scribd removed millions of pages from its servers as a form of protest against SOPA.

Online domain registrar had to do an about face in recent days and switch its stance from pro-SOPA to anti-SOPA following threats of a mass boycott of its services by hundreds of thousands of domain owners.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years