Stop the ESA, Petition and Boycott E3
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Stop the ESA, Petition and Boycott E3

    1. Petition by

      Mark Kern

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January 2012

Victory

While the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were both put on hold on Friday, January 20, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) became the first major industry association to drop its support for SOPA. The ESA is the main trade association for video game companies and was one of the main business associations pushing for the bills. The ESA spent $190,000 lobbying the Senate to pass PIPA in just six months in 2011.

In a statement, the ESA said: "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."

Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5 Studios, created this Change.org campaign calling on the ESA to drop support for SOPA that was signed by over 32,000 people. Kern also formed an alternative organization for gaming companies and fans who oppose the ESA called the League for Gamers and had called for a boycott of the ESA's largest and most profitable annual event, E3. To continue to stay involved with the League for Gamers, visit: www.LeagueForGamers.org.

UPDATE: The ESA has withdrawn support of the CURRENT version of SOPA/PIPA. but they will be back. Let them know you don't want this legislation back in ANY form by signing this petition.

The ESA's support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), is a direct attack on free speech and innovation in gaming. SOPA would allow corporations and the US government to shut down any site on the internet. The ESA is a direct supporter of this bill, and as a gamer, you can fight back by signing this petition, and asking press to boycott E3, the ESA largest money maker. This petition is sponsored by the League For Gamers, a new gamer and developer advocacy group. Visit us at www.leagueforgamers.org

Recent signatures

    News

    1. VICTORY!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for a very successful campaign. The ESA definitely felt the pressure and has withdrawn support for the current versions of SOPA/PIPA. The battle is not over, however, so please join us for future ones!

    2. YOU WIN!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Congratulations! You've won! The ESA has withdrawn their support for the SOPA/PIPA.
      Too bad it was *after* the bills were defeated.

      LFG will remain ever vigilant. We need your support. Join us at www.leagueforgamers.org!

    3. Reached 30,000 signatures
    4. Megaupload just got shut down

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      It really begs the question of why we even need SOPA/PIPA.

    5. Please get Notch to support his petition

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Tweet this petition's link to @Notch and ask him nicely to help us raise awareness - http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-esa-petition-and-boycott-e3

    6. Great thread on Reddit debating press involvement in E3

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Discussion and debate like this is the foundation of our democracy. Should Press be boycotting E3? Is it even fair for them to do so? What else can they do to support free speech in gaming?

    7. Reached 25,000 signatures
    8. 20k is great, but 50 would be nifty!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Can we get to 50k tonight? Not without your help. Tweet, Facebook, etc...we need to get this petition out there!

    9. Reached 20,000 signatures
    10. Excellent TED talks video on why we need to stop SOPA/PIPA

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      TED video on how SOPA/PIPA will break the internet

    11. Reached 17,500 signatures
    12. Please like us on Facebook as well!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Liking us will improve our position when talking to the ESA. Please visit facebook and like us!

    13. Reached 15,000 signatures
    14. PSA Video!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      We got together with Extra Credits to film a PSA about why SOPA and PIPA are bad, mkay?

    15. Reached 10,000 signatures
    16. Ars Technica just covered LFG!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      The broad coverage of a site like Ars Technia will certainly help get more sigs.

    17. Reached 7,000 signatures
    18. SOPA will not die!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Lamar Smith says vote is back on in February! The man is the living dead!

    19. Other efforts on the way

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Ashley Millar asks you stop SOPA with Reddit

    20. Great job! We are over 1000 sigs!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Our message to the ESA keeps going. Look for more press on the issue tomorrow. Meanwhile, Red 5 Studios is going dark, but leagueforgamers.org will remain open as a beacon for free speech.

    21. Reached 1,000 signatures
    22. Venturebeat covers LFG!

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      Press is growing!

    23. We just annouced LFG

      Mark Kern
      Petition Organizer

      News about League For Gamers is spreading! We also started a thread on reddit, so please upvote it!

    24. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Frederico Cardoso EVERETT, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      because i also believe in a free open internet. SOPA is in direct violation of our rights as American people.we need to show the people who believe they run this country who really runs this country.

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    • Aaron WatSon MARION, AR
      • almost 3 years ago

      anymore drm and other means of "copyright protection" and "anti piracy" just take away from the enjoyability of the games for people who actually pay for them. its not a matter of "if" the copyright protection will get cracked but "when". take sony for example, or even now the federal governments websites...it doesnt matter that we dont pay for them it matters that you take away from the time you spend making the product to try to beef up your protection so that "you" make more money. if you would focus more on the product more people would see it as worth spending money on. theres more of us out here who have the skill to crack copyright protection than there are of you in there writing the drm's just remember that...if people want something for free because its not worth paying for it someone "will" get it for them, its not a matter of whether it will happen its just a matter of when it will happen.

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    • Coulton Fraser CALGARY, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The government is threatening me that if I sign this they will murder me. But I live in a democratic society and not a dictatorial country! Give me Liberty or give me Death

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    • Queen Akbar BOYNTON BEACH, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is not right and that the government schould not be worrying about the internet and worry about bring back up the U.S.A from this terribel times.

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    • Rasmus Jensen GRENAA, DENMARK
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe SOPA is another way for Americans to try and strong arm the world into submission once again, they ruin honest gamers with their proposal.

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