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ESA spent 714K USD to lobby in 1Q
Posted by XanTium | June 11 21:25 EST | News Category: GamingGeneral
From AP via biz.yahoo.com: [QUOTE] The Entertainment Software Association, whose members include Microsoft Corp., Electronic Arts Inc. and Atari Inc., spent more than $714,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government, according to a recent disclosure form.
The trade group, which represents video and computer game makers, is a strong proponent of industry self-regulation. The ESA lobbied on First Amendment issues, measures to promote parental control technology, and on proposals intended to keep violent video games away from children. In addition, the group lobbied on measures to protect intellectual property, crack down on piracy, and on patent reform and trade issues, according to a disclosure report filed April 21 with the House clerk's office. [/QUOTE]
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The ESA is against federal regulation and for self imposed (key work is self) parental control. So, no they aren't the new RIAA/MPAA (as long as they don't push for more copyright protection and anti-circumvention laws).
I agree that there are far to many government lobbies but if the ESA didn't lobby than the anti-gamers would have a monopoly on legislation. The anti-gamers lobbies seem to spend more money on getting these games removed than anyone spends on keeping them. Luckily the ESA has the first amendment on their side.