Petition Entreats EA to Oppose SOPA
More than 1,800 people have signed an online petition asking Electronic Arts to publicly oppose the Stop Online Protection Act.
The petition, which you can find here, can be found on Change.org and asks EA to stop lobbying in support of SOPA. The act has received a lot of attention of late, with industry groups like the Entertainment Software Association, (some) game developers and publishers backing the legislation and Internet experts, players and basically everyone who can read railing against it.
The trouble with SOPA is that it provides over-broad powers to the government and private interests to shut down or block any website on the Internet over a copyright complaint. The bill is well-intentioned — it’s meant to allow content makers the ability to identify and stop rogue piracy websites from being accessible to the U.S., and thereby protect their intellectual property. But SOPA’s lack of oversight or due process shows it as opening up some very large doors to allow for massive censorship of the Internet, be it by commercial entities, political ones, or the government.
Here’s the petition’s description (although it sounds a little more like a mafia threat than it does a peaceful means of protesting action, but whatever). The link to sign it is (again) below.
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.