I want to make this absolutely clear, just in case no one understood the situation yet -- SOPA is so destructive, so undeniably strong that it has made former enemies into allies and put software developers on the same side as the people that take from them.
In a startling break from their typical anti-piracy endeavors, Nintendo, Sony, and EA have quietly joined the growing number of major companies opposing the greatest threat to the internet, also known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). A recently updated list of companies supporting the bill on the House Judiciary Committee website shows the mysterious video game-shaped hole.
Neither Nintendo, Sony, nor EA have released statements yet about their change in stance, instead preferring a shadowy slip away from the SOPA spotlight. This goes against literally everything these companies have done in the past to fight the pirates that steal millions of dollars in video games every year, from controversial limits on downloads to installing software to render bootleg game data unusable.
What this means for future company policies remains unclear, but it definitely shows that the fight for internet freedom can be won if major companies with gajillions of dollars at steak can be swayed. Now if only Congress could be influenced by outside bodies...
[via: Business Insider]