SOPA author releases an interesting list of supporters

We know pretty much who doesn't support the Stop Online Piracy Act. Aside from names like Twitter, Reddit, Kaspersky, Mozilla, Wikipedia and Google, millions of Internet users have been speaking out against it and the similar PROTECT IP Act, the Senate version of SOPA.

So who is supporting it? That has been somewhat of a mystery until Lamar Smith, Republican congressman from Texas, and SOPAs author, released his comprehensive list.

The list is mostly media conglomerates, law/lobbying firms, publishing companies and other associated interest groups. The usual suspects that you would expect to see attached to protecting copyright like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) are there, along with Time Warner, CBS, NBCUniversal, BMI, ABC, News Corporation, Sony, the US Chamber of Commerce and Disney. What is most odd are the names you don't expect to see.

At the top of the list is the 60 Plus Association, which describes itself as "a non-partisan seniors advocacy group with a free enterprise, less government, less taxes approach to seniors issues." They view SOPA as a digital way of keeping keeps bad kids off their lawns, but besides that it's hard to see what direct interest they have in this issue:

60 Plus strongly supports SOPA, much-needed legislation that will strengthen our enforcement efforts to curb online counterfeiting and piracy in an ever-changing digital world. Rogue sites are sophisticated, deceptive operations aimed at luring consumers, including senior citizens, into purchasing dangerously defective products or downloading illegal pirated content filled with malware. Additionally, America’s seniors are committed to, and dependent on, America being a dominant force on the world’s economic stage. Rogue sites legislation like SOPA will help save jobs, grow our economy, and protect consumers.

Estée Lauder, Revlon and L’Oreal. Apparently illegally torrenting and downloading copyrighted materials is of great concern to three companies who sell makeup. Pfizer is on the list, although their reasoning is obvious. They must be intending to use SOPA to stop the distribution of free online pornography, the biggest competition for their erection assistant, Viagra.

Absent from the list is the Recording Industry Artists of America (RIAA), although not surprising given their recent interest in torrent downloading.

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Anyone know if Verizon is in support of Sopa and are using the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) as a lackey? I guess I will be transferring my domain off of Godaddy to Namecheap. I also won't be putting money on any debit cards or using any credit cards with the Visa/Mastercard logo, will use a credit union and pay by cash, check or money order only. I guess I'll no longer be using my money to buy media, games and software produced by any of the corporations in support of Sopa.

Yep, printing this list now... Plan on doing everything I can to ensure none of these companies ever see another penny from me.

notta said,
I thought Microsoft and Apple were supporters of this ****? I don't see them on the list.

They use their lackey, the BSA to do the dirty work for them. Much the same way the music labels use the RIAA, and the hollywood studios use the MPAA. It allows them to avoid any potentially bad press.

Here it comes, folks. Brace yourselves! The Internet as we know it will be gone forever unless someone grows a pair of balls overnight and stands up to these pigs.

This law looks to me to be a way of forcing american copyright law on the rest of the world, because it means the removal of the sites from the top level dns. so no matter where you are the sites are gone without any comeback. we all know about companies using the dmca to remove materials that they do not hold the rights to. how long before itv.com gets removed if this law is written in to the statute books, because someone has decided that they want to use the name. (itv is the second largest broadcaster in the uk, and have been called itv for over 50 years)

"Rogue sites legislation like SOPA will help save jobs, grow our economy, and protect consumers"

How will it save jobs and grow the economy, let alone how will it protect us?

Correct me if i'm wrong but SOPA targets online sites selling counterfeit goods as well, for example I read an article recently about the fact ebay had to pull off some auctions for counterfeit cosmetics. So they do have some interest in the bill. Personally I don't like the SOPA sounds overall, lets hope Canada does not decide to do the same if this passes.

Philippe Pepin said,
Correct me if i'm wrong but SOPA targets online sites selling counterfeit goods as well, for example I read an article recently about the fact ebay had to pull off some auctions for counterfeit cosmetics. So they do have some interest in the bill. Personally I don't like the SOPA sounds overall, lets hope Canada does not decide to do the same if this passes.

Help fund our newborn watchdog OpenMedia to help avoid this kind of thing up here (OpenMedia was originally created to prevent the government from passing laws that allowed for UBB, they followed up with campaigning to prevent the online spying bill)

To be honest there's no one on that list I'm surprised to see... Passing SOPA would just be giving even more power to the corporations. Something the majority of Americans and most other civilized countries are against. Honestly though I don't see it passing - if it does the whole world will flip their ****.

Tom said,
To be honest there's no one on that list I'm surprised to see...

I'm a little confused on L'Oreal's and Revlon's support of SOPA. Though I guess there's a big online market for fake makeup and hair cair?