Tell Electronic Arts to Oppose Internet Censorship
  • Petitioned John Riccitiello

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Electronic Arts
John Riccitiello
VP, Worldwide PR, Electronic Arts
Tammy Levine
VP, Business and Legal Affairs, Electronic Arts
Joel Linzner
SVP, Corporate Communicatons, Electronic Arts
Jeff Brown

Tell Electronic Arts to Oppose Internet Censorship

    1. Shashank Kasturirangan
    2. Petition by

      Shashank Kasturirangan

      New York, United States

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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, 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."

The victories comes after over 137,000 people joined Shashank Katsurirangan's Change.org campaign calling on Electronic Arts, one of the most prominent ESA members to oppose SOPA. EA had previously stated it did not have a position on the bills even though it is a member of the ESA. At least five ESA members had publicly opposed the bills and ESA's position in support of them. Shashank's petition received broad attention in gaming and technology media outlet. Supporters of the petition used Facebook and Twitter to amplify the petition and even organized a virtual march of Sims characters on the Facebook wall for The Sims 3 (an EA game).

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a tool that protects monopolists and targets sites relied on by small-time businesses, like indie game developers and artists, condoning disproportionate action against these sites for any evidence of copyright infringement from any of their users. If EA wants to protect their monopoly so badly, we need to let them know that they will lose far more business by supporting this bill than by allowing indie developers to operate unimpeded. It is obvious that this bill's primary use is to paint a big red bullseye on the main distributors of indie content, protecting the market shares of big-time businesses like Electronic Arts.

EA is a member of the Entertainment Software Association which supports SOPA. It's time for EA to stand up and publicly oppose SOPA. Don't mess with the internet, EA. You will regret it.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! Video Game Industry Drops Support for SOPA

      Jess Kutch
      Petition Organizer

      While the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were both put on hold on Friday, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) became the first major industry association to drop its support for SOPA. The ESA is the...

    2. ESA Drops Support for SOPA

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the major industry association for video game companies, has dropped its support for SOPA. EA had stated that it did not have a position on SOPA and PIPA but remained a member of the ESA which actively lobbied Congress to pass both bills. The ESA has now become the first major industry association to drop support for SOPA.

    3. Take action on Facebook

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Join Shashank Kasturirangan in using Facebook to call on EA to oppose internet censorship. The Sims is one of EA's most popular games and Facebook accounts. Here’s how to participate:
      1. Go to the Sims 3 Facebook wall (https://www.facebook.com/TheSims3?sk=wall) and click “Like”;
      2. Upload the photo here (http://on.fb.me/yLM4Uk) to The Sims 3 Facebook wall.
      3. Feel free to include a personalized message similar this (If you are a Sims fan, definitely note that!):
      Electronic Arts: Over 135,000 of us are asking you to join other companies in standing up for internet freedom. Will you reconsider your position on the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act and join your fans in opposing these bills? http://chn.ge/EA-SOPA

    4. Ask an EA board member to join you!

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Do you have a Twitter account and one minute available to help Shashank's campaign? Check out this quick and easy petition using Twitter to ask Jeff Huber of Google, also a member of EA's Board of Directors, to encourage Electronic Arts to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

    5. EA Board Member Breaks with Company on SOPA & PIPA

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      A Board member of Electronic Arts, Jeff Huber, publicly opposes SOPA and PIPA. Huber, who is Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, used his Google+ page to encourage people to sign Google's petition in opposition to these bills during the internet blackout yesterday.

    6. EA Responds to this Petition

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Electronic Arts provided the response linked here to a Reddit user's inquiry about its stance on SOPA. EA maintains that it does not have a position on SOPA even though it is a member of the Entertainment Software Association which it acknowledges is supporting the bill. If you are unsatisfied with the response, keep spreading the word about this petition.

    7. NVIDIA Joins Opposition to SOPA

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      NVIDIA, which like Electronic Arts is a member of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), publicly announced its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) despite the fact that the ESA is lobbying to pass the bill. Will Electronic Arts join other ESA members in opposing SOPA?

    8. Riot Games Opposes SOPA

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Riot Games, producers of League of Legends, have issued a strong statement opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Will Electronic Arts be the next big gaming company to publicly oppose this legislation?

    9. Reached 100,000 signatures
    10. Clarifying EA's connection to SOPA

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      This article from TIME helps clarify some misinformation that has been circulating about EA's stance on SOPA. EA as an individual company has not expressed a public position on SOPA. However, the company is a member of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) which is an industry association that actively supports SOPA. Additionally, EA signed on to a letter before SOPA was introduced supporting some broad policies that became the basis for SOPA. As the article states, "In reality, [companies like EA] are keeping a safe distance from specific legislation while their trade group, the ESA, gets its hands dirty." Shashank's petition is calling on EA to publicly oppose SOPA.

    11. Reached 1,500 signatures
    12. Changed the letter--There's still a ways to go...

      Shashank Kasturirangan
      Petition Organizer

      The letter is now a letter to EA supporting their decision, but urging them to publicly repudiate the bill. EA, Nintendo, and Sony are all part of the Electronic Software Association, an organization that still supports the bill. EA MUST publicly express their association, if they want to win back the trust of their consumers.

    13. EA has officially dropped support of SOPA!!!

      Shashank Kasturirangan
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for your support! The government has been sent a message from gamers everywhere. Nintendo, EA, and Sony have all decided against alienating their internet consumers! I will leave the petition open as a letter supporting EA's decision, in case they have second thoughts like GoDaddy tried to do.

      We did it!

    14. Reached 500 signatures
    15. Go Daddy Drops Support for SOPA! Will EA be next?

      Timothy Newman
      Petition Organizer

      Responding to a fast-growing internet backlash, GoDaddy reversed its support for SOPA today. Fans are now calling on Electronic Arts to be next. Will EA drop its support for SOPA?

    16. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • joe rathbone WOODSTOCK, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      100% against every right that us as americans have, need i say more? i think not.

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    • enes dugme ELKTON, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      Why do our soldiers fight? To protect our god/allah/budah given right to roam this world and share our ideas. Sopa would destroy its progress faster than a drop of rain. This act should also be considered unconstitutional; It takes our freedom of speech. Besides, after seeing what fans could do with their power, why would you want to stop it? This could also be considered a genoside, If the internet is to be cencored, then all of the trolls around the world will have very few if not nothing to call fake and gay. This could also become like the civil war; The governments censors would control the internet like it is its slave! I sure as hell don't want to find myself begging for mercy when such a thing no longer exists.

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    • Zachary Gray WAPAKONETA, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm signing this petition because that all of these acts. SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA are horrible. It's just a way for most media companies to earn more money through suing anyone who has EVER downloaded something "illegally." That's almost anyone who has a computer anymore! That's horrible! They can ruin families, destroy lives, and basically stomp all over everyone! This government is "For the people." That line is starting to be worth just as much as that speck of dirt under that rock that a bear just crapped on. If you want this government to be for the people. Let the people be! If you censor everyone, it gets rid of their freedom of speech. If you sue everyone, the economy will be worse. If the economy get worse, this great country of ours will plummet into nothing. Please stop this before it ruins the lives of millions of people.

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    • Yeremy Peña CABIMAS, AE
      • over 2 years ago

      EA!? WTF!?!?

      stop suporting sopa! you will regreat it if you dont!

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    • Leandra Marshall TUCSON, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Because to me, the internet is the one place I can truly be free. I don't want people to restrict.

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