UPDATE: I just received the following note:
Davis Wright Tremaine has taken no position as a firm on SOPA. Two lawyers have taken a position as individuals but not on behalf of the firm.
Curious to know which corporations and organizations are backing what many – including myself – believe is a bill that could threaten the future of an uncensored internet?
Well, below is the list, care of the House Judiciary Committee, which contains a combination of unsurprising suspects as well as some head-scratching supporters.
(At the end of this post, for those who cannot read the embedded document, I have included a list in plain text.)
The bill being supported by this motley crew is exactly the type of corporate-backed legislation about which Occupy Wall Street has been protesting.
Meaning: this is, by and large, a bill being crafted by the corporate elite that has the capacity to, inadvertently or not, endanger the free internet upon which citizens rely for uncensored information and content.
Don't think SOPA is dangerous? Here's what Nate Anderson in ars technica thinks about it:
Imagine a world in which any intellectual property holder can, without ever appearing before a judge or setting foot in a courtroom, shut down any website's online advertising programs and block access to credit card payments. The credit card processors and the advertising networks would be required to take quick action against the named website; only the filing of a “counter notification” by the website could get service restored.
It's the world envisioned by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) in today's introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the US House of Representatives. This isn't some off-the-wall piece of legislation with no chance of passing, either; it's the House equivalent to the Senate's PROTECT IP Act, which would officially bring Internet censorship to the US as a matter of law.
Calling its plan a “market-based system to protect US customers and prevent US funding of sites dedicated to theft of US property,” the new bill gives broad powers to private actors. Any holder of intellectual property rights could simply send a letter to ad network operators like Google and to payment processors like MasterCard, Visa, and PayPal, demanding these companies cut off access to any site the IP holder names as an infringer.
This could bring Internet censorship to the U.S. as a matter of law.
I don't know about you, but with the First Amendment rights of journalists and Occupy Wall Street protesters being illegally stripped and abused by those in power, I'm not interested in giving permission for such abuses to be codified vis-a-vis the Internet.
But maybe that's just me.
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Below is the plain text list of those companies and organizations supporting SOPA. Sam Biddle at Gizmodo has compiled contact information for all of these below for anyone interested in contacting their favorite offender.
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
Capitol Records Nashville
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers' Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
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.
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)
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
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
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
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
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Phillips Nizer, LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Provident Music Group
Raulet Property Partners
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music Publishing Group
W.W. Norton & Company
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
White & Case LLP
Wolters Kluewer Health