Save the Internet and Boycott these Companies

(THE INTEL HUB)   Note: This paragraph that appeared in an article on netmagizine really sums up how this act could be used to specifically attack alternative media!

Suw Charman-Anderson, a social software consultant and writer, told us that SOPA is too broad, fails to understand the technology it’s trying to control, and would have some dreadful unintended consequences: “It seeks to give copyright holders the power to insist that online advertising networks or credit card processing services sever their relationship with any website, simply by pointing the finger. They would be able to undermine a website’s business without any judicial oversight, leaving sites vulnerable to false and malicious accusations.”

The following are companies that signed this letter which was written in support of the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, which is the House’s equivalent of the PROTECT IP Act, which I have previously exposed as China-style internet censorship on steroids.

I encourage everyone to not only boycott these companies but flood them with letters, e-mails and phone calls telling them why exactly you are boycotting them.

SOPA would put completely legitimate sites, like End the Lie and countless other alternative news outlets at risk of being shut down, along with literally any site that freely allows users to post content.

That includes YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Blogger, Craigslist, Dropbox and literally any website or service that allows users to upload content.

The United States Attorney General can not only seek court orders against “foreign infringing sites,” meaning any website with a non-U.S. domain name, but can also demand that internet service providers (ISPs) would have to cut off access to the site by not resolving domain name requests.

Furthermore, if served with one of the Attorney General’s court orders, search engines would have to remove any links to the site, payment networks would have to stop all payments to the site from U.S. customers and advertising networks would be forced to stop serving advertisements about the website or for the website.

But wait, it gets even worse. SOPA would require that within five days of receiving an allegation by a copyright holder, payment services and advertising networks would have to cut off all business with the site either U.S. based or foreign.

All the copyright holder has to do is allege that the site is “dedicated to the theft of property,” and if the payment provider and advertising networks don’t cease business within five days, the copyright holder can file a private lawsuit against the site compelling the payment service and others to cut off relations.

Furthermore, The Atlantic reports that the definition of “dedicated” in this bill “has little relation to common usage,” and in addressing the bill they characterize it as “dangerous.”

As experts in the technical, operational, academic and research communities who are the leading domain name system (DNS) designers, operators, and researchers who have also published numerous peer-reviewed academic studies regarding the architecture and security of the DNS have pointed out, this will create major cybersecurity and other technical concerns that did not exist previously.

The above linked technical whitepaper regarding the PROTECT IP Act also quite interestingly points out that the DNS filters could be easily circumvented, essentially making one of the biggest parts of the bill null and void.

The thing that the House and Senate don’t seem to realize is that there will always be online pirates and they will always find a way around whatever roadblocks are put in their way.

The issue is that this can and likely will be used to target important platforms for sharing information like YouTube and blog platforms like WordPress and Blogger.

All it would take is for a copyright holder to find one bit of infringing content and then it could very well be the end of the website, despite the massive amounts of legitimate content.

We must remember that major websites like YouTube and blog platforms are quite skilled and hasty when it comes to removing infringing content from their websites.

SOPA would also endanger the entire spirit of the internet which has pioneered social media and free expression, giving a platform to writers like myself who might otherwise be sidelined by the establishment media.

If you care about the internet, free speech and the future of sharing information with the world, I beg of you: take action and boycott these companies and make it clear why you will be boycotting them and telling everyone you know to do the same.

Please do not forget to contact your Congressperson and Senator to ask if they are supporting either bill and tell them why you think it would be a horrible idea for them to do so.

Hopefully we, as the collective users of the internet, can create a large enough buzz to shut down these bills before they get major support.

If “We the People” still have any power in this country, we need to flex it now when it really matters!

1-800 Contacts, Inc.


2b1 Inc

3M Company

ABRO Industries, Inc.

Acushnet Company

adidas America

Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)

Allen Russell Photograph

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 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 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.

Bose Corporation

Braasch Biotech LLC

Brian Stevenson Photography

Brigid Collins Family Support Center

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)


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

Christopher Semmes Photography

Church Music Publishers Association

CMH Images


Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP)

Columbia Sportswear Company

Comcast Corporation

Commercial Photo Design

Commercial Photographers International

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Copyright Alliance

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

Coty Inc.

Council of Fashion Designers of America

Country Music Association

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

Direct Selling Association (DSA)

Directional Insight

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

Englebert Photography

Entertainment Software Association (ESA)

ERAI, Inc.

Eric Meola Studio Inc

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.

Fred J. Lord Photography

GAR Associates

Gelderland Productions, L.L.C.

Gemvision Corporation

Gibson Guitar Corp.


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.

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)



International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

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

L’Oréal USA

Lucky Brand Jeans

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton


Major League Baseball

Marcia Andberg Associates LLC

Mark Niederman Photography


Marona Photography

McLain Photography Inc

Merck & Co., Inc.

Messy Face Designs, Inc.

Michael Stern Photography

MicroRam Electronics, Inc.

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

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 Recording Merchandisers (NARM)

National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)

National Basketball Association (NBA)

National Board for Certified Counselors

National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

National Football League (NFL)

National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA)

National Retail Federation (NRF)


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

Peavey Electronics Corporation

Perry Ellis International

Personal Care Products Council

Peter C. Brandt, Architectural and Fine Art Photography

Peter Hawkins Photography, Inc.

Petzl America

Pfizer Inc.

PGA of America

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

Quality Float Works, Inc.

Raging Waters Music

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Ramsay Corporation

Rebel Photo

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

Red4 Music/Doogs Rock Inc

Red Wing Shoe Company

Reebok International Ltd.

Reed Elsevier Inc.

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

Schneider Electric

Sean McGinty Photography

Secret Sea Visions (Photography)


SG Industries, Inc.

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 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

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 Estee Lauder Companies

The McGraw-Hill Companies

The Music People! Inc.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)

The Timberland Company

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

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

Universal Music Group

Uniweld Products Inc.

VF Corporation


Vibram USA, Inc

Virtual Chip Exchange USA, Inc.

Voltage Pictures, LLC

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co.

Walcott Studio, LLC


Warner Music Group

Wendy Kaveney Photography

Western Psychological Services

Westmorland Images, LLC

Wild & Associates, Inc.

Wild Eye Photos LLC

William Sutton Photography

Willis Music

WindLegends Ink LLC

Winestem Company

Winslow Research Institute

Wolfe Video

Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

Woolrich, Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

Xerox Corporation

Zippo Manufacturing Company

Zumba Fitness, LLC

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