First of all came the threat from Anonymous to destroy Sony's network for supporting SOPA in the first place.
"Yet again, we have decided to destroy your network," threatened the video. "We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not."
Here we go again, PS3 users feared, and voiced said concerns. However, it seems as though the PSN will be left alone.
"I think people misunderstood: DID WE SAY WE WERE HACKING PSN??! We're hacking the SONY network and exploiting its servers. NOT PLAYSTATION NETWORK. If I see any comments again, I'm deleting it...just like SOPA would do."
That said, discussions have been raging in the Anonymous IRC about the viability of the PSN as a target, considering its ubiquity. As PlaystationLifestyle noted, it's perfectly feasible that a new Operation could form, considering Anonymous has no centralised leadership. Comments like the ones below suggest that the PSN is still under consideration in some quarters:
“If you want to get your message across, PSN is a great way to get ppls attention”
“Just taking down the DB for some time would make Sony worried about all the CC numbers even if we don’t copy the numbers. Parents would get really frightened at PSN’s safety and players wouldn’t get any new PSN games. Database would be backup restored, everything is somewhat back to normal and attention will be added.”
“Please consider a possibility that the PSN could be deleted for a short time. Sony declares the database to be leaked. Parents all over the world panic and never dare enter credentials into PSN again. Sony loses money.”
The Stop Online Piracy Act is the brainchild of the MPAA and RIAA, fed up of IP theft, which is a fair enough point. The act is supposed to ""promote prosperity, creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation by combating the theft of U.S. property, and for other purposes", however many have highlighted the fact that it represents a threat to freedom of speech and could lead to abuses of censorship that would be felt globally. This video best highlights the dangers of such legislation.
The New Year, though, brought new developments. Sony Computer Entertainment, Nintendo and EA - previous backers of the bill - have all quietly withdrawn their names from the list of SOPA supporters, although they're all members of the ESA, which is still publicly backing the bill. [CVG]
The SOPA mess continues.