Jan 19, 2012

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Petition to Get EA to Publicly Oppose SOPA Reaches 134K

Petition to Get EA to Publicly Oppose SOPA Reaches 134K

As one of the largest members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Electronic Arts got the attention of some gamers on Chnage.org who took up a petition urging EA to publicly oppose SOPA. So far the petition has gathered over 134,000 signatures and is well on its way to the goal of 150,000 signatures.

While EA has yet to publicly support or oppose SOPA/PIPA, gamers want them to speak out against the two bills and distanceĀ themselvesĀ from the ESA. As one of the biggest companies in the gaming industry if EA did come out against SOPA and PIPA it might just force the ESA to drop its support of the bills.

Below is the petition letter and if you want to be apart of this petition, head over to change.org.

As an EA consumer, I support your decision not to support the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), but I am not happy yet.

The Stop Online Piracy Act is a violation of basic freedoms, and it works against the interests of the majority of your consumer base. Not supporting SOPA is a first step, but now you must take the next step.

It is no secret that Electronic Arts is part of the Entertainment Software Association, which continues to align itself with this intrusive piece of legislation. Until EA either distances itself from the ESA and its choice to support the bill OR publicly expresses its opposition to the bill, its position will be treated as ambivalent. Such a position is unacceptable to me, considering the outrageous stance a bill like SOPA takes towards free speech on the internet.

I hope you continue to make the right choices, and that the step you have taken is the first towards your fully renouncing the Stop Online Piracy Act.