No, Sony Electronics, Nintendo And EA Have NOT Publicly Changed Their Position On SOPA
from the come-on-people dept
It’s amazing how a little bad reporting turns into a big story. Late last week, we saw a report on Business Insider, by Matt Lynley, claiming that Nintendo, EA and Sony Electronics had dropped support of SOPA. However, the reporting on this story is highly questionable. It was based on a report from November from Joystiq about how those three companies supported the bill. But, if you read the actual article on Joystiq, you’ll see that it notes that these three companies had not specifically come out in favor of SOPA, but rather had signed onto a letter from the US Chamber of Commerce (or, rather, its front group, the Global IP Center) which was sent before SOPA was introduced. While it does urge Congress to support something like SOPA, it was not a direct endorsement of SOPA itself.
Now, jump forward to last week. A number of lists have been put out listing the companies who supposedly support SOPA — but many of the lists were made up by combining two separate lists. One was the official list from the House Judiciary site, which does, in fact, list out companies who have explicitly said they support SOPA. The other… was that letter that the Global IP Center sent. So, here’s the problem. It appears that Lynley just checked the list from the House Judiciary Committee… and saw that Sony Electronics, EA and Nintendo were not on that list… and decided they must have quietly removed themselves from the list.
Here’s the problem: those three companies were apparently never on that list. They were on the other list.
You can see an older version of the House Judiciary Committee list of SOPA supporters here. Note that it has GoDaddy on it, as well as all those law firms who demanded removal from the list. This was the original list that the Judiciary Committee came out with. You know what you’ll see? Absolutely no mention of EA, Sony Electronics or Nintendo.
And yet… a ton of news sites have picked up on the BI story and written their own versions, claiming that those three companies have quietly dropped their SOPA support: