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NVIDIA DOES NOT SUPPORT SOPA

NVIDIA wasn’t consulted by ESA in formulating their position on SOPA. Our position is this: we oppose piracy, as it hurts our game-developer partners. However, we do not support SOPA. We don’t believe it is the right solution to the problem. We remain committed to working to address this problem in a constructive and fair manner.

  • http://twitter.com/Erick_782 Erick Acevedo R.

    Thats great!! 😀 NoSOPA

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Moreno/1350062685 Diego Moreno

    Good! Good!

  • http://twitter.com/JoaquinVacas Joaquin Vacas

    I love u, nVidia.

  • Matthew Saltzman

    I am very glad to hear that NVIDIA is not supporting SOPA, as I’ve been an avid follower of the NVIDIA product line for many, many years. I would love to see NVIDIA as a company formally oppose this dangerous legislation in favor of a better solution. 

  • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

    Thank you! I don’t trust having control of the internet in wrong hands.

  • tim dangus

    I know where my next video card is coming from!

  • http://www.facebook.com/xiaolonglimartinez Xiaolong Li

    Thank Nvidia

  • Nikolay Nikolov

    I’m happy to hear that. Would you please also consider not using the word “piracy” to refer to copyright infringement, unless you think it is morally equivalent to attacking ships :) It’s better to use “copyright infringement” or “illegal copying” instead.

  • Steven Batchelor-Manning

    Once again, good call!!

  • Levi Wilcox

    How do you feel about opposing SOPA altogether?

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    Thanks for your support @google-82e58949d9d7437f6019dedce4dbaed3:disqus

  • http://twitter.com/PIRATE_or_NINJA PIRATE or NINJA

    Thank you nvidia 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000021785220 George Artsivadze

    Your Rights are yours, thank you for NOT supporting SOPA, it is important to stop piracy but not this way.

  • Levi Wilcox

    Not Supporting is different than opposing. I won’t be ending my boycott until I see Nvidia publicly opposing the SOPA bill.

  • Noel Vergara

    thank you NVIDIA !

  • Anonymous

    This is great news indeed!

  • Levi Wilcox

    Please publicly oppose SOPA – Making a blog post that you “don’t support it” is much different than publicly opposing the bill.

  • http://thezargon.org Fernando Fonseca

    This is a small step in the right direction. I’m sure that you can be more vocal about opposing #SOPA and #PIPA. It would be a big step if you joined others in their protest against #SOPA. As the mentor of #OpGreen I am available to talk with you regarding this issue. Thank you in advance. 

  • http://twitter.com/vigoae Alejo Vigo

    You, sirs, are awesome

  • http://www.facebook.com/janusvalberg Janus Valberg-Madsen

    Now I can get a Tegra powered tablet with an easy mind, thank you.

  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmvcQCDlauwasd0SDtVK0ZC9F6_s0laWXA cybik

    THIS, right here, is why my next phones and tablets (and the ones I recommend to my close fellows) will be based on Tegra tech, save for the yearly Nexus.

    Unless the next Nexus is a Tegra4-based phone, in which case, please take my money right now and be done with it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/isaaclw Isaac Witmer

    This makes me happy. Please formally oppose SOPA. Broadcast this stance so that Internet users world wide can celebrate with you about free and accessible internet.

  • Nathan Salapat

    Please, don’t only not support, but oppose SOPA. You said it hurts your game-developer partners, keep the hurt from happening by outright apposing this legislation.

  • http://twitter.com/Rey_Bilingue Rey Irizarry

    Wait a second. So you are saying you are part of the ESA but you do not support SOPA. This is contradictory. ESA supports SOPA. I am confused.

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    Hey Rey, they didn’t consult us in formulating their position. We are against SOPA

  • JAY WYLIE

    global companies can be big, without SOPA, who knows maybe bigger? If the worst happens we have lost freedom on the internet as we know it. Yeah it will still exists, but it wont be anything like the internet we all know today. Also how many people will it put out of a job if the worst does happen? That could have terrifying knock on consequences. More needs to be done. Google, Facebook, Youtube and countless other sites need to have a black out to educate the masses to make it a fair “debate”.

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    Thanks Janus

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    As are you

  • http://www.shaneebenzur.com Shanee Ben-Zur

    Thanks. We appreciate your support

  • http://twitter.com/Rey_Bilingue Rey Irizarry

    You said it perfectly! Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/Rey_Bilingue Rey Irizarry

    And that was their mistake but just announcing that you do not Support SOPA does no good. Is like EA, Nintendo, Sony and a few more have withdraw from supporting SOPA but they are part of the ESRB, which supports SOPA. 

  • Miky Dinescu

    That’s a great first step. But you could do more!  Publicly opposing SOPA would be the way to go!

  • Mikkel Troest

    Thanks for listenening, but please – if you really do believe that #SOPA is not the right solution – speak out publicly against it!
    Not supporting SOPA is still a far cry from Opposing it.
    Please oppose SOPA actively and publicly!

  • Anonymous

    Are you _against_ it, or just _not for_ it?

    Also, what action (if any), has NVIDIA undergone to change ESA’s position?

  • http://www.facebook.com/alin.zamudio Alin Zamudio

    kudos to Nvidia!!!, thats the way it mean to be ; )

  • Tiago Matos

    Not enough as far as I’m concerned. Please formally oppose this legislation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1282903929 Fotiou Alexandros

    Thank you nVidia. I knew you wouldn’t let us down!

  • http://ingsoc.eu/ Henry Rouhivuori

    SOPA is not I want to see, anywhere, not in US or EU. Hey NVIDIA thanks for not supporting SOPA.

  • http://twitter.com/Bloxxer sonic q_q

    I hope my next PC has NVIDIA peripherals.
    Thanks.

  • Thomas LE ROUX

    Do not support is good, but opposing is better…

  • Anonymous

    And we care how many followers you have why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/UltimateDeep Paul Anthony Soh

    If you don’t support, we’ll join you against SOPA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=582886287 Damian Gray

    Just curious, do you also not support SOPA’s little sister ProtectIP? I hear a lot of media coverage about the one, and not enough about the other when both are rotten to the core.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001650384203 Josh Strunk

    I’ve always been an NVIDIA fan, however, I dislike that “we do not support SOPA” Is that the best you are going to say? Just by stepping aside and not doing anything about it, you might as well be for it seeing as you will do nothing to help stop it. NVIDIA, I am seriously disappointed by your stance on this. I hope that you change your stance and oppose SOPA like most of your fan-base seems (by looking below) to be wanting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000795177085 Humza Tariq

    I wonder what AMD’s stance is on SOPA…

  • Jason Montleon

    You need to oppose SOPA. As a tech company I find it had to believe that you don’t know the damage SOPA will cause, not least of all to DNSSEC. Simply saying you were not consulted by the ESA is not enough. You should be outraged that they made a stance on your behalf without consulting you as well. You should consider publicly scolding them and even removing yourself from the organization. What you have said does NOT go far enough.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Surroz/100003101133367 Richard Surroz

    please be patient folks, keep in mind CES is still going, they will surely follow up and clarify further – I know the folks at NVIDIA hardcore enthusiasts like most of us and value our electronic liberties  and do not want to see SOPA cause damage. They have already said they OPPOSE it in this thread. 

  • http://twitter.com/Tomikomikomico Tomiko Komiko

    My GTX 580 is getting a new friend tomorrow and they will SLI together. Thanks for going against sopa.

  • Lauren Morgan

    I hope that you can follow through with this to publicly oppose SOPA so that many of your consumers will feel okay about purchasing your products in the future.

  • Roger Clark

    I have been a loyal NVIDIA User and am shopping for a new card however If NVIDIA does not actively oppose SOPA I will have no choice but to seek a card from your competitors.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/hightops Carson Earl Miller

    Although not supporting it helps the cause, opposing it gets us that much further.

  • pete99

    You need to oppose SOPA to make a difference.

  • Anonymous

    You misread the sentence.  “Piracy hurts their game developing partners,” is what he was saying.

  • Nick

    So its like you are members of NAMBLA, but do not support child molestation. But are not really against it either, you are like, whatever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1267690559 Kelly Jo Parks

    I will not be ending my boycott of your company. Nvidia is  using the so called corporate “SPEAK” that I hear every day at work. Nvidia is trying to please both sides of the issue. When this happens I tend not to trust a company who does the tightrope walk on the fence called SOPA. Trying to appease us by stating you do not support SOPA has me wonder what do you support? What is it that you like about SOPA? Must be something since you are trying so hard to keep that balance on that SOPA fence. Hence the reason why my boycott will continue. I am but one person, one person who helps a lot of people with their computers and hardware. One person who has a voice and is not afraid to be on the OPPOSE side of the fence when it comes to SOPA. 

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    They never said they supported it in the first place. Why are you people still whining?

    Is it that terrible that a company has better things to do than get involved in things that don’t affect them? They aren’t an internet company, they make graphics cards. Leave ’em alone.

    Whiners.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    They specifically state they don’t believe it’s the right solution to the problem… How much opposition do you want?

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    That’s what’s going to be really funny. When people realize AMD probably isn’t “actively opposing” SOPA either.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    Note it says that they do not believe it is the right solution to the problem. That would be… opposition to the law, would it not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MattWillis989 Matt Willis

    Agreed (and liked) with Levi. Been fighting the SOPA bill back when it was just called an attack on Net Neutrality. Of course, I’m just a regular guy in college; not much I can change. Nvidia is a massive organization. Get all these that are just “Not supporting SOPA”, and get them to Oppose SOTA, then we might have a change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MattWillis989 Matt Willis

    To further elaborate, SOTA is a solution to piracy as bombing a country is a solution to a crime commited in the home country. Overreacting (or so it seems, awfully profitable for many organizations for an overreaction) is NOT anything to do when dealing with editing constitutional rights. That’s fascism, in the fact that it’s saying what you can and cannot express. Better solution for clearing piracy? I don’t know. but there HAS to be a better way. More secure games/software, that requires you to clear it with the manufacturer before you can even access anything to do with the game, maybe. Extreme steps still, but better than fascism that affects even those that are or aren’t affected by piracy to begin with.

    As I said, been fighting this a loooong time. So I have much to say on the topic. Apologies for the lengthy posts.

  • David Masover

    I couldn’t disagree more.

    My purchasing decisions _are_ heavily influenced by things like this. If AMD chose to actively oppose SOPA, that would definitely be a consideration when choosing between AMD and nVidia.

    But choosing not to support, and even to say that they “don’t believe it is the right solution to the problem”, is clear — they agree that it’s not the right solution. They DO oppose it, and they have done so publicly, right here.

    Even if they were entirely neutral (which they aren’t!), I don’t see why they should be punished with a boycott for merely not taking a side. As far as I know, Subway is neither supporting nor opposing SOPA — should I avoid eating at Subway because of that? Is it really reasonable to boycott anyone who doesn’t actively oppose SOPA? Say… how does your current landlord feel about SOPA?

  • http://www.facebook.com/TitusFFX Keith Bell

    I’m also totally against the SOPA regulation since it’s much more harmful than good to limit all forms of media and pretty much the entire internet for something stupid such as referencing a product that is copyrighted or using a slogan that a company has.         For instance if you liked a song from one of your favorite artists you must pay the artist and ask permission to sing it and post it on the internet.    
     
    This is why I’m against it,   I’m not with piracy since I do agree you should pay for what you actually like , however they really should start making demos again so people don’t waste 50-60 a shot for things they don’t really like and people would start buying again.

    As for only not supporting is like saying,   oh I don’t think this is the best idea *because the rest of the world said so*  is not the way you do it.    It’s either Yes, I think it should happen or No, this is wrong and invades peoples privacy and prevents people from expressing themselves and possible prevent new comers from marking ideas or business relations because it is copyrighted by someone else or “appears” to be similar.  >.> not like someone hasn’t already attempted most things at least once fail or succeed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Yugure-Dragonwing/100000552698963 Yugure Dragonwing

    It’s great to know that you don’t support SOPA. Please do your best to wait for a better option to come along, instead of blindly following the first thing. We don’t want to have a censored internet like China now do we?

  • Andy Froggatt

    I love how people want to punish nvidia for not wanting to get involved.

    We should bomb the french for not helping in Iraq too.

    I hope SOPA passes, You guys really deserve it.

  • Andy Froggatt

    They said piracy hurts their partners, not SOPA.

    You think harassing nvidia will make them want to join the cause? good luck with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707989796 Beorc Webb

    Not outright opposing SOPA is about to hurt YOU directly. The customer is always right, and I guarantee 99% of your customers oppose SOPA.

  • Andy Froggatt

    Being a member doesn’t mean everything the ESA does is what nvidia wants.

    Or are you saying your government does everything every US citizen wants?

    Because then YOU are contradictory for opposing something YOUR government wants to do.

  • Andy Froggatt

    “Are you _against_ it, or just _not for_ it?”

    Same thing, they don’t like it. You’ve got a quote for your newspaper headlines now move on.

  • Anonymous

    Please help oppose sopa! Nvidia, you’ve always been my hero! (I’m a 3D artist specializing in real-time for sports as a profession, and for games as hobby)
    And I love the indie developers. You should too! I could see this bill easily hurting them. They (we) need your help!

  • Andy Froggatt

    Being a member of a group does not mean that group represents that companies interest.

    The UK is part of the EU. Are we bound to agree to every decision the EU makes???? NO!

    Use your brain.

  • Brian Ward

    If the take-home message from this is to oppose SOPA but then support something more like the OPEN Act, we haven’t actually accomplished anything.  Piracy is a minor problem.  The major problem is forever-and-a-day copyright lengths.  Support a five year non-renewable copyright.

  • Nick

    Us citizens come out and eat some pepper spray when they disagree. Its really not very ambiguous where us citizens stand on important issues like free speech, human rights, due process and protecting the democracy.

  • Hugh McDevitt

    I do not believe you NVIDIA, with your bankroll and fleet of lawyers at your beck and call, I believe you well knew the implications of SOPA, and the above statement is a watered down face saving cop out. I will support your products when you publicly state that you oppose SOPA in strong meaningful terms. Thank you.

  • Nate Saunders

    As a consumer, and regular NVIDIA customer I urge NVIDIA to actively oppose SOPA rather than just decline to support it.

  • François Revol

    Wow, you just earned 1 esteem credit. You’re still quite low though, for not releasing hardware specs (which are just part of the user manual for us developers)…

  • http://twitter.com/Rey_Bilingue Rey Irizarry

    Seriously? That’s your example? 

  • http://twitter.com/FVWNate Nate

    It’s time for the world to realize. The person who wrote this PR statement gets paid boat loads of cash to write crafted words. Just like the powers supporting the SOPA and what it really would allow the powers that be. A law that will likely get passed despite it’s massive disapproval rating. Much like our governments. People need to start their ethical purchasing. In governments, and tech companys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1080248139 Elijan Sejic

     Internet community should stop using semantic  arguments for boycott against companies that are _clearly_  disagreeing with SOPA.  

    “hurr duur they didn’t say they oppose SOPA hurr duurr boycot !!! hurr durr”.  I mean don’t get me wrong, but it is hurting the cause more then it is helping. What we can expect fro companies nVidia to do , besides making the statement like this?? Kudos to nVidia for publicly saying that they don’t support  SOPA.

  • Robert Highsmith

    I have always favored NVIDIA products, and am glad to hear that you do not believe SOPA is the solution to online piracy. But if it goes through, your business WILL be hurt also. So not only for us, but for yourselves and your company, more must be done. It is not enough to simply “not support SOPA”. We must all use our voices to fight this, or we will all suffer the consequences.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the condescending reply, gramps, but these “newspapers” you speak of?  They sound like a quaint device from your generation, currently used to tell more untruths than truth.

    If you were up with the times, you’d know this — oh but you’re reading newspapers, not Pew polls about where modern people get their news.

    NVIDIA:  A possible (and more appropriate, imnsho) response would be for NVIDIA to craft an open letter to the ESA denouncing SOPA…and then calling for more ESA members to become signatores.

    Think about it — you guys would be Heros, capital “H” and all.

  • http://twitter.com/muskieratboi Muskie the Otterboi

    I can’t believe people are arguing semantics about this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erik-Sauthoff/540194365 Erik Sauthoff

    As great as this is. I have to agree with Levi. Saying and doing are two things that have a huge gap between then for this concern. If you truly do value your customers as much as we enjoy doing business by being your consumers, then show us that you appreciate our business with you and publicly announce that you are against SOPA. I bet you most of those “hollywood freaks” that are for SOPA buy lots of NVIDIA products for their computers and gadgets, and when they see that you are going public about being against SOPA, we have that much more of a chance to change their minds and be able to get rid of SOPA. Thank You.

  • http://dropdeadcomedians.com DuzAwe

    This is very good news

  • http://twitter.com/Bolzoo Mikael Reichler

    Why would they? The bill is even named 
    Stop Online Piracy Act.. Piracy (while talking about internet/computers etc) = copyright infringement

  • http://twitter.com/Bolzoo Mikael Reichler

    No, they make the open statement so they WONT be considered as ESRB when it comes to SOPA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=38423830 William N. Cate III

    Buying NVIDIA next time!

  • Anonymous

    oh no no no, you don’t support piracy but the pirates support you. With that said let SOPA get established and watch your profits decline. No further comments. You can talk all day, the government only understands pressure and harassment since those are their normal tactics against us.

  • Brian Ward

    …who also support SOPA, either in word or by their campaign contributions.  The problem with voting with your dollars is that often, you don’t have the option to buy from a company that agrees with you or disagrees with you, it’s often the case that your choices are “buy from a company that disagrees with you” or “don’t buy anything”.

    Rather than punish one company for speaking out for something you’re against, you’d end up rewarding another company for quietly supporting something you’re against.  I guarantee you both the major video card retailers have supported the political campaigns of SOPA supporters, and are probably still very much in support of it, morally and financially. The only lesson learned here is that like many other SOPA supporters, they’ll continue to quietly support it rather than issuing press releases or blog posts about it.

    I don’t mean to discourage the idea, but I think it’s important to realize the situation we’re actually in.

  • Matthew Saltzman

    I don’t think there’s any further need to boycott NVIDIA, as they’ve clearly said they don’t agree with SOPA. That’s enough for me to continue to purchase their products and continue to recommend them to others. However, when we say we want to see a public statement against SOPA, we don’t mean a blog post. This is enough for the internet community, but not for the offices of naval contemplation (read: government).

    NVIDIA belongs to the ESA, an active *proponent* for SOPA. Since NVIDIA belongs to this group, their opinions, when not made to the contrary, are assumed to agree with them. The ESA has not rescinded their support for SOPA. What would be ideal is this organization as a whole making a public statement withdrawing their support for the bill. Alternatively, the members who disagree could send a press release opposing the bill. The goal is to show widespread opposition to the bill, which blog posts do not do for anyone who isn’t internet savvy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/SEPH88 Simon Holmlund

    This is worth absolute gold, It is nice to know this and you will therefore have earned at least this costumers support in the near future. I am glad that you realise that it is not the best way to stop piracy (it is not even a good way to do that).
    I will even forgive you for your logos presentation in many games being unskippable.

    PS: Nvidia is now diamonds.

  • Anonymous

    im glad the big tech companies are coming out against SOPA but our Congress doesn’t give a damn. Unfortunately the only way Congress will listen to anyone is with $$$

  • Levi Wilcox

    Its corporate speak for “we’re going to sit this one out while the ESA does our dirty work”

  • Nikolay Nikolov

    Because it’s a biased term. It equates copying information with attacking ships, stealing their cargo, and kidnapping and murdering their crew. Most people don’t think it has the same moral implications as that. Stealing isn’t rape, vandalism isn’t slavery, arson isn’t genocide and copyright infringement isn’t piracy, simple as that.

  • Carlos Lint

    While as _the_ old-time nvidia buyer, I have to say that I like nvidia not supporting sopa, but if ATI states that they will be AGAINST sopa, I will consider buying an ATI card instead.
    Never wanted to try ATI thanks to nvidia’s great Linux driver, but I might want to see how ATI is doing on Linux now…

  • Adam Morgan

    I am glad that you have made that clear in this little off the beaten path corner… now what are you going to DO about this? Saying is all fine and dandy, but without action, your words are empty. You might as well have never posted this if you are unwilling to do something about it. Will you actively campaign against the bill? Will you encourage your product users to do so? Will you make it clear to the world that you will do what is needed to oppose this bill? Or will you just say you oppose it? Ante up NVIDIA, this is a good start, but now it’s time to raise the stakes or fold and go home.

  • Adam Morgan

    I specifically state that the sky is purple. Stating and doing are two different things. Anyone can state anything as emphatically as they want, but it holds no power, no force, is pointless unless they suit words to actions.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    They said it’s not the right solution, that means they DON’T AGREE with the ESA’s decision. Read what’s written.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    What requires that every single company on the planet spend resources on a political view? They’ve stated their view. They have the right to not get involved.

  • Anonymous

    If they want to avoid getting godaddied, maybe they should write an open letter to the ESA, and get other ESA members to sign it with them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XGP64IR46NZ4YXMX727S64LTGI Andrew

    Looks like it’s time to upgrade my graphics card. Well done Nvidia

  • Ashes of Angels

    Faithful nVidia customer from the GF2 times, now with 590 onboard. I love you nVidia, fight the power!

  • http://twitter.com/Renan_Isola Renan Isola

    Glad to know, now I might consider buying that GTX 570 that I was saving money to buy, however, if u guys start supporting SOPA, I’ll just start buying ATi instead…

  • dna .

    Thank you nVIDIA.  Now, if you really mean it, take it one step further:

    Produce a TV ad in which you, along with other like-minded IT companies, announce a statement of solidarity of 100% opposition to SOPA as well as any similar attempts of the future.  Air the ad during Super Bowl.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allen.pardon Allen BigFace Pardon II

    Quit being so Gay !  Sopa is Big brother but hell I bet you let your big Brother do everything to you ! so why not right ! FUk u

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vlad-Villanueva/541985075 Vlad Villanueva

    not supporting SOPA is the smart move…I am probably one out of many consumers out there that would have probably ripped out my nvidia card if they supported SOPA. Surely Nvidia probably took this into consideration before making the decision. I have already canceled my Mastercard due to their support of SOPA and I’m still looking for corporations to break ties with due to their support of SOPA. Hopefully I won’t have to upgrade parts cuz if this lol.

  • geoff butler

    i like this statement because they are not supporting it in its current form but if it was radically changed into something that deals with the pirate problem the correct way, they may support it.

  • Rolando loeb

    well nvidia take a posture…i always buy nvidia since the tnt gpu but this primitive idea sopa cant be tolrerated , that why i would sell my gtx 460 for only $50 and buy AMD

  • http://twitter.com/emerywebster Webb Henderson

    Totally agree

  • yudhi pras

    anjing

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-Jan-Borgonia/100001209785057 Patrick Jan Borgonia

    Correct, STOP PIRACY, But NOT our LIBERTY!!!

  • antti mäkelä

    >—>
    Our neighbours boy has a criminal status but no own computers business, because his mother care all and keep the risks.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rihMXwLhg9o 

    .