ESA stands behind controversial SOPA legislation in the US
The US games industry representative body the Entertainment Software Association has chosen to support the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act which is currently in discussion on the Hill.
The SOPA bill proposes new legislation that allows copyright holders to seek court orders against any website that hosts material that is seen as infringing copyright. This could go as far as to affecting home-made walkthrough videos hosted on sites like YouTube and even screenshots hosted on games journalism sites.
The ESA counts the biggest names in the games industry like Nintendo, Sony, Capcom, EA and Konami in their membership but Sony, EA and Nintendo have withdrawn their support for the bill.
A statement from the ESA explained their stance: "As an industry of innovators and creators, we understand the importance of both technological innovation and content protection, and do not believe the two are mutually exclusive. Rogue websites - those singularly devoted to profiting from their blatant illegal piracy - restrict demand for legitimate video game products and services, thereby costing jobs."
It continued: "Our industry needs effective remedies to address this specific problem, and we support the House and Senate proposals to achieve this objective. We are mindful of concerns raised about a negative impact on innovation. We look forward to working with the House and Senate, and all interested parties, to find the right balance and define useful remedies to combat willful wrongdoers that do not impede lawful product and business model innovation."