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.