These Companies Are In Favor Of Controlling How You Use The Internet (LIST + DETAILS)

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    Gizmodo has published the complete list of all the companies who support SOPA, the law that, if passed, will change the way we all use the internet.

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    Long story short, SOPA seeks to punish anyone who uses copyright protected images and music in any capacity, including things for reviews or satire. The proposed law is called Stop Online Piracy Act. Ars Technica broke down what it does in this summary:

    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.

    The scheme is much like the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (DMCA) “takedown notices,” in which a copyright holder can demand some piece of content be removed from sites like YouTube with a letter. The content will be removed unless the person who posted the content objects; at that point, the copyright holder can decide if it wants to take the person to court over the issue.

    Here, though, the stakes are higher. Rather than requesting the takedown of certain hosted material, intellectual property owners can go directly for the jugular: marketing and revenue for the entire site. So long as the intellectual property holders include some “specific facts” supporting their infringement claim, ad networks and payment processors will have five days to cut off contact with the website in question.

    The scheme is largely targeted at foreign websites which do not recognize US law, and which therefore will often refuse to comply with takedown requests. But the potential for abuse-even inadvertent abuse-here is astonishing, given the terrifically outsized stick with which content owners can now beat on suspected infringers.

    Some of the companies below are in favor of this law. Contact them to voice your displeasure. The complete list may be found here!

    Plus Association: info@60plus.org

    ABC: http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

    Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP): 703-539-ASOP (2767)

    American Federation of Musicians (AFM): presoffice@afm.org

    American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA): (212) 532-0800

    American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP): atoczylowski@ascap.com

    Americans for Tax Reform: ideas@atr.org

    Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States: iatsepac@iatse-intl.org

    Association of American Publishers (AAP): asporkin@publishers.org

    Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies: bob@mcconnell.net

    Association of Talent Agents (ATA): rnoval@agentassociation.com

    Baker & Hostetler LLP: dholcombe@bakerlaw.com or rokada@bakerlaw.com

    Beachbody, LLC: http://beachbody.custhelp.com/app/ask

    BMI: newyork@bmi.com

    BMG Chrysalis: info@bmg.com

    Capitol Records Nashville: ann.inman@emimusic.com and brent.jones@emimusic.com

    CBS: http://www.bctd.org/Contact-Us.aspx

    Cengage Learning: (800) 354-9706

    Christian Music Trade Association: 615-242-0303

    Church Music Publishers’ Association: (615) 791-0273

    Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP): (212) 485-3452

    Comcast/NBCUniversal: info@comcast.com

    Concerned Women for America (CWA): (202) 488-7000

    Congressional Fire Services Institute: update@cfsi.org

    Copyhype: http://www.copyhype.com/contact/

    Copyright Alliance: info@copyrightalliance.org

    Coty, Inc.: http://www.coty.com/#/contact_us

    Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB): (703) 276-0100

    Council of State Governments: membership@csg.org

    Country Music Association: communications@CMAworld.com

    Country Music Television: info@cmt.com

    Covington & Burling LLP: http://www.cov.com/contactus/

    Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP: info@cdas.com

    Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.: law@cll.com

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP: davebaca@dwt.com

    Directors Guild of America (DGA): (310) 289-2000 or (800) 421-4173

    Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.: (212) 633-4400

    Elsevier: T.Reller@elsevier.com

    EMI Christian Music Group: (615) 371-4300

    EMI Music Publishing: (212) 492-1200

    ESPN: http://espn.go.com/espn/contact?lang=EN&country=united%20states

    Estée Lauder Companies: (212) 572-4200

    Fraternal Order of Police (FOP): pyoes@fop.net

    Go Daddy: (480) 505-8800

    Gospel Music Association: service@gospelmusic.org

    Graphic Artists Guild: president@gag.org

    Hachette Book Group: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/customer_contact-us.aspx

    HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide: feedback2@harpercollins.com or (212) 207-7000

    Hyperion: http://www.hyperionbooks.com/contact-us/

    SOURCE: Gizmodo

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