PC: Capcom Is Backing SOPA
Top-notch Japanese studio Capcom is supporting SOPA. It has been confirmed by the studio itself. What is SOPA anyway? SOPA stands for Stop Online Piracy Act. This is a controversial bill that gives the right to copyright-holding companies to act against websites that they believe to be “encouraging copyright infringement”. These companies can shut down such websites.
If you want to know more about the bill, there are lots of details provided about just what it entails. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has several big time companies as members. One of such companies is Capcom and Capcom has decided to wholly support ESA’s stand with SOPA. Other publishers that are part of ESA are Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega, Sony, Ubisoft and more. For a time, some of these companies have listed their names individually as supporters of the bill. However, as of late, the individual company names have been taken down but ESA remains steadfast with its SOPA policy. At least, Capcom has clarified its stand.
According to Capcom spokeswoman, “the ESA represents us on these matters.” So I guess there rest of the publishers that are under ESA are supporting the bill but have not come out individually with that support. Maybe it should have been made clearer if all ESA members are staunch supporters.
SOPA is still waiting to be passed in the US Congress. A hearing on the bill is expected to happen after January 17th. Hopefully, the bill will discourage all forms of piracy. Of course, passing the bill is still different from actually implementing it.