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The 439 organizations SOPA opponents should worry about [updated]


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:

BakerHostetler LLP
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.

1-800 Contacts, Inc.
2b1 Inc
3M Company
60 Plus Association
ABRO Industries, Inc.
Acushnet Company
Adidas America
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
AstraZeneca plc
Australian Medical Council
Autodesk, Inc.
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
Baker & Taylor Ent.
Bay State Psychological Associates
Beachbody, LLC
Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
BMG Chrysalis
Bose Corporation
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
Caterpillar Inc.
Caveon, LLC
CBS Corporation
Cengage Learning
Center for Credentialing & Education
Center Stage Photography
CFA Institute
Chanel USA
Christian Music Trade Association
Christopher Semmes Photography
Church Music Publishers Association
CMH Images
Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Columbia Sportswear Company
Comcast Corporation
Commercial Photo Design
Commercial Photographers International
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Consumer Healthcare Products Association
Copyright Alliance
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)
Coty Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Creative America
CropLife America
Cross-Entertainment LLC
CSA Group
CVS Caremark
D’Addario & Company, Inc.
Dan Sherwood Photography
Danita Delimont Stock Photography
Dayco Products, LLC
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Derek DiLuzio Photography
DeVaul Photography
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Direct Selling Association (DSA)
Directional Insight
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
Englebert Photography
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
ERAI, Inc.
Eric Meola Studio Inc
Estée Lauder Companies
Evidence Photographers International Council
Ex Officio
Exxel Outdoors
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
GAR Associates
Gelderland Productions, L.L.C.
Gemvision Corporation
Go Daddy
Gospel Music Association
Governors America Corp.
Graduate Management Admission Council
Graphic Artists Guild
Greeting Card Association (GCA)
Greg Nikas Photography
Guru Denim
H.S. Marketing & Design, Inc.
Hachett Book Group
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
HarperCollins Publishers
Harry Fox Agency
Hastings Entertainment, Inc.
ICM Distributing Company, Inc.
IDS Publishing
IEC Electronics corp.
Images Plus
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.
Jaynes Gallery
JCPage Photography
Jean Poland Photography
Jeff Stevensen Photography
John Fulton Photography
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Juicy Couture, Inc
Julien McRoberts Photography
K&R Photographics
Kate spade
Kekepana International Services
Kenneth Garrett, photographer for National Geographic

Killing Jar Productions LLC
Lacoste USA
Leatherman Tool Group, Inc.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Light Perspectives
Linda Olsen Photography
Little Dog Records
Liz Claiborne, Inc
Lost Highway Records
L’Oréal USA
Lucky Brand Jeans
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marcia Andberg Associates LLC
Mark Niederman Photography
Marona Photography
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McLain Photography Inc
Merck & Co., Inc.
Mercury Nashville
Messy Face Designs, Inc.
Michael Stern Photography
MicroRam Electronics, Inc.
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minter Works of Art
Mira Images
Monster Cable Products, Inc.
Moose’s Photos
Morningstar Films LLC
Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA)
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
Mr. Theodor Feibel (sole proprietor)
Music Managers Forum-U.S.
Nashville Songwriters Association International
Natalie Neckyfarow Actor/Dancer/Singer
National Association of Broadcasters
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
National Basketball Association (NBA)
National Board for Certified Counselors
National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Football League (NFL)
National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Retail Federation (NRF)
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
Nervous Tattoo Inc., dba Ed Hardy
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
New Era Cap Co Inc
New Levels Ent. Co. LLC
News Corporation
Next Decade Entertainment, Inc.
NHL Enterprises, L.P.
Nicholas Petrucci, Artist, LLC
Nike, Inc.
Nintendo of America Inc.
Nissle Fine Art Photography
North Dakota Pharmacists Association
North Dakota Pharmacy Service Corporation
Oakley, Inc.
One Voice Recordings
OpSec Security, Inc.
Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)
Outdoor Research, Inc
Pacific Component Xchange, Inc.
Party Killer Films LLC
Pearson Clinical Assessment
Pearson Education
Peavey Electronics Corporation
Penguine Group (USA) Inc.
Perry Ellis International
Personal Care Products Council
Peter C. Brandt, Architectural and Fine Art Photography
Peter Hawkins Photography, Inc.
Pfizer Inc.
PGA of America
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Philip Morris International
Photojournalist Dave Bartruff
Picture Archive Council of America (PACA)
Pigfactory Music
PNW Images
Premier League
Production Music Association (PMA)
Professional Photographers of America
Provident Music Group
Quality Float Works, Inc.
Raging Waters Music
Ralph Lauren Corporation
Ramsay Corporation
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Rebel Photo
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Red4 Music/Doogs Rock Inc
Reebok International Ltd.
Reed Elsevier Inc.
Republic Nashville
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Richard Flutie Photography
Rite Aid
Robin Davis Photography, Inc.
Rodger Scott Craig, a member of Liverpool Express, The Merseybeats, Fortune, Harlan
Cage, 101 South, and Mtunz Media
Roger Smith Photography Services
Rolex Watch USA Inc.
Romance Writers of America (RWA)
Rosetta Stone Inc.
Saddle Creek
Sage Studios LLC
Sam D’Amico Photography
Scholastic, Inc.
Schneider Electric
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Sean McGinty Photography
Secret Sea Visions (Photography)
SG Industries, Inc.
Showdog Universal Music
Shure Incorporated
SIGMA Assessment Systems
Six Degrees Records
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
SMC Entertainment
SMT Corp.
SoBe Entertainment
Society of Sport & Event Photographers
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Soul Appeal Records and Music
Southern Gothic LLC
Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
SPI (The Plastics Industry Trade Association)
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
Sports Rights Owners Coalition
Spring Fever Productions LLC
Spyder Active Sports, Inc
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
Stenbakken Photography
Stephen Dantzig Photography
Stock Artist Alliance
Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC
Student Photographic Society
Studio 404
SunRise Solar Inc.
Taylor Glenn Photographs
Taylor Guitars
Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
Tednologies, Inc.
The Cambridge Don
The Collegiate Licensing Company/IMG College
The Donath Group, Inc.
The Dow Chemical Company
The McGraw-Hill Companies
The Music People! Inc.
The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
The Perseus Books Groups
The Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
The Timberland Company
The United States Conference of Mayors
The Walt Disney Company
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner Inc.
Tony Bullard Photography
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
TRA Global
Tricoast Worldwide
Trio Productions, Inc. / Songscape Music,
Twist & Shout, Inc.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music Group
Uniweld Products Inc.
VF Corporation
Vibram USA, Inc
Virtual Chip Exchange USA, Inc.
Visa, Inc.
Voltage Pictures, LLC
W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co.
W.W. Norton & Company
Walcott Studio, LLC
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
Wendy Kaveney Photography
Western Psychological Services
Westmorland Images, LLC
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment
Xerox Corporation
Zippo Manufacturing Company
Zumba Fitness, LLC

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  1. Folkert Boonstra at 11:43am 27th December 2011 "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." The official list does not exist at: So why is it removed? Is your list valid? There are companies on that list that do not seem to support SOPA. If the info is removed because it is incorrect, why does the US government spread misinformation about its citizens? (assumption: the official list was distributed via a government site). Instead of removing it shouldn't there be a message explaining it? etc etc etc
    1. Folkert Boonstra at 11:54am 27th December 2011 Ok, found the list again: So it is a modified list? There are about 123 names on this one.
    2. Folkert Boonstra at 12:00pm 27th December 2011 Ok, and the second list at: is the one that lists companies that do not seem to support SOPA. Petzl is on it for example while they state on their website that they do not support SOPA. They also give a good insight how information that has been gathered earlier this year has been used here for different purposes.
  2. edrftr at 4:16am 24th December 2011 A couple of these are listed twice. I ported most of them to a list on twitter, please feel free to use it :)
  3. Proofreader at 9:32pm 23rd December 2011 Estée Lauder is listed twice.
  4. r.tim56 at 12:51pm 23rd December 2011 Go-daddy is now off the list, thanks to reddit!
  5. bensima at 7:14am 23rd December 2011 Kind of a confusing title, I thought these orgs opposed SOPA at first. Should be changed to "439 organizations that support SOPA (i.e. companies you should avoid doing business with)"
  6. SR B2 at 2:39am 23rd December 2011 Beachbody => p90x btw
  7. kumbatero at 6:59pm 22nd December 2011 Note to self: Don't buy any products from Sony
  8. cycron at 4:06pm 22nd December 2011 Please change "The 439 organizations SOPA opponents should worry about" to "The 439 organizations SOPA opponents should destroy"
  9. Bergmeister at 1:11pm 22nd December 2011 Petzl America has publicly stated that they are AGAINST SOPA. Like other companies on this list, they signed a LETTER expressing their concern with copyright protection. This letter had NO BILLS OR ACTS mentioned. Of course any company that produces a product will have worries about being ripped off, but a majority of these companies DO NOT want to see a government controlled internet.
    1. Andrew Couts at 1:41pm 22nd December 2011 You are absolutely correct about Petzl, and I've updated the article to reflect that. Thanks for the catch. In terms of most of these companies not supporting a government controlled Internet: All of these companies either appear on the official SOPA support list, from the House of Representative, or they have signed a letter from the Global Intellectual Property Center, which is an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce — a very staunch and vocal supporter of SOPA. My argument is that any company or organization that signed that letter needs to explicitly distance itself from SOPA. If not, they give additional ammunition to those who are pushing for its passage.
      1. Joe Jones II at 3:12pm 22nd December 2011 Then these companies need to contact the judicial and send a letter AGAINST SOPA / PIPA to make it clear they aren't supporting it.
      2. PeepingTom at 5:05pm 22nd December 2011 Heh, the US Chamber of Commerce should be worrying about things like keeping hackers out of their networks. Stupid douche bags.
  10. pop can thick at 1:11pm 22nd December 2011 Some I expected to see, but others are head scratchers. Ford? Mastercard? American Mental Health Counselors Association? I hope this doesn't pass, it could be disastrous for all of us that don't live in America.
  11. Richard Barrance at 10:59pm 21st December 2011 What a surprise it is to see Sony and EA among the list...
  12. jesterking at 1:39pm 21st December 2011 Wheres the list of organizations against SOPA?
    1. Andrew Couts at 2:48pm 21st December 2011 Here you go: We have that link in the article above, as well.
      1. jesterking at 7:01am 22nd December 2011 lol I must have missed that! :) thanks!
      2. jesterking at 7:06am 22nd December 2011 yeah, there are a lot of big companies in that list too. That's good. Clash of the Titans?
      3. cozzamara at 8:56pm 22nd December 2011 Visa appears on both lists. Which is it ?
        1. Andrew Couts at 10:49pm 22nd December 2011 Yes.
          1. Folkert Boonstra at 11:29am 27th December 2011 The official list mentioned above: does not exist. My impression is that the information on that list might have been incorrect from the start (see Petzl e.g.). Maybe it is possible to sue your government because they distribute wrong information?
    2. Linda Olsen at 6:08am 27th December 2011 How did my name get on this list? This is making me very angry since no one has admitted putting my name out there to be harrassed and boycotted for something I knew nothing about. I am an artist and photographer who obviously supports freedom of internet and speech.
      1. jesterking at 6:43am 28th December 2011 Here's a crazy idea... But, it just might be the case... Maybe, just maybe, there's another Linda Olsen out there who is pro SOPA? I know, it's radical to think...
        1. jesterking at 6:46am 28th December 2011 Or maybe that you just don't want people copying your work?
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