The Comprehensive List of SOPA Supporters

Now that the SOPA vote in House of Representatives has been shelved until 2012, both sides are taking some time to regroup, and prepare their strategies for what’s sure to be one helluva a fight...
The Comprehensive List of SOPA Supporters
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  • Now that the SOPA vote in House of Representatives has been shelved until 2012, both sides are taking some time to regroup, and prepare their strategies for what’s sure to be one helluva a fight in the upcoming new year. While it appears as if public opinion is on the side of the anti-SOPA movement, those who believe in the protection acts are also using this time to put a better spin on the proposed legislation.

    Front and center of this strategy is the Representative from the state of Texas, Lamar Smith, the chief supporter and architect of SOPA as it is in its present form. One of Smith’s primary strategies has to do with increasing support for his proposed bill, and to do so, he’s released a list of businesses that support SOPA, apparently aiming for the “Hey, I know that company. If they like SOPA, it can’t be that bad, can it?” reaction from consumers who take the time to view his support list (PDF).

    That, however, could have a backlash because it gives the anti-SOPA crowd a better idea of what companies they should boycott, provided their commitment to a non-SOPA Internet runs that deep. Last week, we released a similar list of SOPA supporters, but because this one is coming straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s much more comprehensive. Here is the face of your enemy, or, perhaps, the company(ies) that will make you see the light concerning SOPA:

    List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act

    60 Plus Association
    Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
    American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
    American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
    American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
    Americans for Tax Reform
    Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
    Association of American Publishers (AAP)
    Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
    Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
    Baker & Hostetler LLP
    Beachbody, LLC
    BMG Chrysalis
    Building and Construction Trades Department
    Capitol Records Nashville
    Cengage Learning
    Christian Music Trade Association
    Church Music Publishers’ Association
    Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
    Concerned Women for America (CWA)
    Congressional Fire Services Institute
    Copyright Alliance
    Coty, Inc.
    Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
    Council of State Governments
    Country Music Association
    Country Music Television
    Covington & Burling LLP
    Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
    Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
    Creative America
    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
    Directors Guild of America (DGA)
    Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
    EMI Christian Music Group
    EMI Music Publishing
    Estée Lauder Companies
    Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
    Go Daddy
    Gospel Music Association
    Graphic Artists Guild
    Hachette Book Group
    HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
    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
    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
    Lost Highway Records
    Major County Sheriffs
    Major League Baseball
    Majority City Chiefs
    Marvel Entertainment, LLC
    MasterCard Worldwide
    MCA Records
    McGraw-Hill Education
    Mercury Nashville
    Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
    Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
    Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
    Morrison & Foerster LLP
    Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
    Moving Picture Technicians3
    MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
    National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
    National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
    National Association of State Chief Information Officers
    National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
    National Center for Victims of Crime
    National Crime Justice Association
    National District Attorneys Association
    National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
    National Football League
    National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
    National League of Cities
    National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
    National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
    National Songwriters Association
    National Troopers Coalition
    News Corporation
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
    Pearson Education
    Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
    Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
    Phillips Nizer, LLP
    Pfizer, Inc.
    Proskauer Rose LLP
    Provident Music Group
    Random House
    Raulet Property Partners
    Republic Nashville
    Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
    Scholastic, Inc.
    Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Showdog Universal Music
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
    Sony/ATV Music Publishing
    Sony Music Entertainment
    Sony Music Nashville
    State International Development Organization (SIDO)
    The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
    The Perseus Books Groups
    The United States Conference of Mayors
    Tiffany & Co.
    Time Warner
    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
    UMG Publishing Group Nashville
    United States Chamber of Commerce
    United States Tennis Association
    Universal Music
    Universal Music Publishing Group
    Visa, Inc.
    W.W. Norton & Company
    Warner Music Group
    Warner Music Nashville
    White & Case LLP
    Wolters Kluewer Health
    Word Entertainment

    None of the companies appearing on this list should come as a surprise. Many are established entities with large vaults of intellectual property, and because there’s a distinct unwillingness to evolve business models to match the technology available, these groups will continue to support SOPA in whatever guise it appears in.

    While it’s understandable companies like Viacom and Universal Music would be present, the appearance of companies like Revlon, Tiffany & Co., and Pfizer is a little puzzling. Are people actually downloading illegal copies of Viagra? What about Revlon’s newest lipstick color? If these items are being downloaded, I definitely need to update my Internet connection to one that allows for the reception of physical goods over an electronic network.

    Star Trek replicators for the win, apparently.

    H/t to DMA Design for creating the awesome Lemmings game, which provides our lead image.

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