I am one of millions of passionate gamers around the world. As one, I cannot stand by and watch as the Entertainment Software Association continues to support the Stop Online Piracy Act. The ESA has 34 members, including Disney Interactive, Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment America, EA, SEGA, Capcom, Microsoft, Take-Two, Square Enix, and Namco Bandai. Some companies have individually expressed their disapproval of SOPA, but because they are part of ESA, they are still supporting the bill through association.
Section 102 of SOPA states:
A service provider shall take technically feasible and reasonable measures designed to prevent access by its subscribers located within the United States to the foreign infringing site (or portion thereof) that is subject to the order...Such actions shall be taken as expeditiously as possible, but in any case within five days after being served with a copy of the order, or within such time as the court may order.
Because of the lack of due process and broad terminology of the bill, the SOPA bill will effectively give the government and corporations control over the flow of information through Internet censorship. Sites like Youtube, where gamers and millions of others upload their footage, will be in jeopardy, along with any websites outside of the USA that have a large audience within the USA. The passing of this bill will also set precedence for similar bills to pass in other countries. The ESA and its members need to know that the gaming community, the ones who support these companies with its dollars, does not support such a broad and inhibiting act. Tell the ESA and its members that we do not stand for Internet censorship, we do not support those who support SOPA, and demand that the ESA retract its support of the Stop Online Piracy Act!