More than 400 organizations have publicly expressed support of the contentious Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or the passage of other similar anti-piracy legislation. Here's the complete list.
Ed. note: Please remember while reading: not every organization on the list below has explicitly expressed support for SOPA or PIPA. Every company on this list has, however, explicitly supported the passage of legislation that achieves the goal SOPA and PIPA aim to accomplish — the end of intellectual property theft. Inadvertently or not, support for that breed of legislation at this time bolsters SOPA and PIPA supporters and their efforts to pass these pieces of legislation. It is for this reason that those who do not come out specifically against SOPA and/or PIPA remain on this list. Those who do will be removed the moment we learn of their anti-SOPA and/or anti-PIPA stance. This message is repeated again before the start of the list.
With the next House Judiciary Committee markup hearing delayed until “early next year,” opponents of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) are looking for more ways to fight back against these contentious pieces of legislation, while they still have a chance.
The anti-SOPA crowd includes everyone from Internet giants like Google, Facebook, eBay, Wikipedia, Mozilla and Yahoo! to The New York Times, the Stanford Law Review and even the very people who created the Internet in the first place. Experts say SOPA and PIPA would not only stifle free speech by allowing widespread censorship (in the name of copyright protection), but could castrate innovation, destroy the open Internet, and disrupt the very foundation upon which the Internet was built, the domain name system. (See a comprehensive list of SOPA opponents here.)
From the pro-SOPA side, we’ve heard much from organizations like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the US Chamber of Commerce — not to mention politicians, like Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chief sponsor of SOPA, and the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. But far too little light has shone on the hundreds of organizations that continue to support SOPA, despite the staggering dangers it holds for the Internet as we know it.
Below is a list of 439 corporations, unions,
law firms and other groups that have explicitly expressed their support of SOPA, or similar anti-piracy legislation. This list is derived from two sources: the official list (pdf) of SOPA supporters from the Judiciary Committee’s website, and a letter (pdf) addressed to Congress from the Global Intellectual Property Center, which is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce.
Some have begun organizing a mass boycott of these organizations, and a list (Google Doc) of contact information for each is currently in the works. We’re not advocating any specific action, but we do think it is important for people to understand who is for and against SOPA and PIPA; if passed, either of these bills will fundamentally change the online world, whether you think that’s a good idea or not.
UPDATE: We have learned that Petzl America has explicitly stated that while it supports greater protections of intellectual property, and signed the Global Intellectual Property Center letter to Congress (along with 401 other companies on this list), it “does not support SOPA or the Protect IP Act,” or any other legislation that will “harm the freedom of the Internet.” We have taken their name off the list.
UPDATE 2: All of the law firms that originally appeared on the Judiciary Committee’s list of SOPA supporters have been removed. We have removed them from the list below. They include:
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Mitchell Silberberge & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Phillips Nizer LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
White & Case LLP
It has not yet been officially explained why these firms have been pulled off the list. At least one firm, however, Davis Write Tremaine LLP, has said that it does not support SOPA, but two of its lawyers privately support the bill.
Update 4: The Redwing Shoe Company has emailed, informing us that it “does not support SOPA as it is currently drafted.” Redwing is one of the 402 companies that signed the GIPC letter mentioned above, which does not specifically name any legislation.. We have removed their name from the list below.
Update 5: Gibson Guitars has also clarified that it does not support SOPA: “Hey guys – Gibson does NOT support this legislation. Gibson’s CEO has demanded that Gibson be removed from the list of company’s supporting SOPA. Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!”
Ed. note: Please remember while reading: not every organization on the list below has explicitly expressed support for SOPA or PIPA. Every company on this list has, however, explicitly supported the passage of legislation that achieves the goal SOPA and PIPA aim to accomplish — the end of intellectual property theft. Inadvertently or not, support for that breed of legislation at this time bolsters SOPA and PIPA supporters and their efforts to pass these pieces of legislation. It is for this reason that those who do not come out specifically against SOPA and/or PIPA remain on this list. Those who do will be removed the moment we learn of their anti-SOPA and/or anti-PIPA stance.
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60 Plus Association
ABRO Industries, Inc.
Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
Allen Russell Photography
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliance of Visual Artists (AVA)
Altria Client Services
American Apparel and Footwear Association
American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
American Board of Internal Medicine
American Federation of Musicians
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Gramaphone LLC
American Made Alliance
American Mental Health Counselors Association
American Photographic Artists
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
American Society of Media Photographers
American Society of Picture Professionals
American Watch Association
Anatoly Pronin Photography
Andrea Rugg Photography
Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative (ACAPI)
Applied DNA Sciences
Art Holeman Photography
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Association of Test Publishers
Australian Medical Council
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
Baker & Taylor Ent.
Bay State Psychological Associates
Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
Braasch Biotech LLC
Brian Stevenson Photography
Brigid Collins Family Support Center
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Bulding and Construction Trades Department
C. F. Martin & Co., Inc.
Callaway Golf Company
Cascade Designs Incorporated
Center for Credentialing & Education
Center Stage Photography
Christian Music Trade Association
Christopher Semmes Photography
Church Music Publishers Association
Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Columbia Sportswear Company
Commercial Photo Design
Commercial Photographers International
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
D’Addario & Company, Inc.
Dan Sherwood Photography
Danita Delimont Stock Photography
Dayco Products, LLC
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Derek DiLuzio Photography
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
Distefano Enterprises Inc.
Doriguzzi Photographic Artistry
Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
Dolce & Gabbana USA, INC.
Dollar General Corporation
Don Grall Photography
Dunford Architectural Photography
Eagle Rock Entertainment
Ed McDonald Photography
Educational & Industrial Testing Service
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)
Eli Lilly and Company
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
Eric Meola Studio Inc
Estée Lauder Companies
Evidence Photographers International Council
FAME Publishing Co., LLC.
FAME Recording Studios
Far Bank Enterprises
Fashion Business Incorporated
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Fender Musical Instrument Company
Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
Ford Motor Company
Fortune Brands, Inc.
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Fred J. Lord Photography
Gelderland Productions, L.L.C.
Gospel Music Association
Governors America Corp.
Graduate Management Admission Council
Graphic Artists Guild
Greeting Card Association (GCA)
Greg Nikas Photography
H.S. Marketing & Design, Inc.
Hachett Book Group
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harry Fox Agency
Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
ICM Distributing Company, Inc.
IEC Electronics corp.
Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC)
Independent Distributors of Electronics Association (IDEA)
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Ira Montgomery Photography
J.S. Grove Photography
James Drug Inc.
Jean Poland Photography
Jeff Stevensen Photography
John Fulton Photography
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Juicy Couture, Inc
Julien McRoberts Photography
Kekepana International Services
Kenneth Garrett, photographer for National Geographic
Killing Jar Productions LLC
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