This is one of the few times that you will hear me advocate for the death penalty but we need to kill SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act). Our friend Gaius Publius at AMERICAblog has a list of companies, organization and wayward Democrats who have supported these Internet killing bills. There is still time for us to get the message to them that we are not pleased and what happened to Go-Daddy can happen to them.
I have already communicated to Sen Gillibrand that so long as she supports either bill, she would not be getting any contributions from me or my family members.
Here is GP’s list of companies:
Estée Lauder Companies: (212) 572-4200
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Go Daddy: (480) 505-8800
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW): (202) 833-7000
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Union of Police Associations
L’Oreal: (212) 818-1500
Marvel Entertainment: (212) 576-4000
MasterCard Worldwide: (800) 622-7747
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association: (703) 549-9222
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
The United States Conference of Mayors: [email protected]
A lot of these folks have IP “content” – the NFL, for example – but also fan vulnerability.
And what about the unions (IBEW, Fraternal Order of Police)? Also, why do organizations like the Sheriff’s Association care about IP law? A little something extra in the retirement-fund Christmas basket? Or maybe groups like these just haven’t heard from the rest of us.
Given who’s on this list, I’m kind of waiting for the Catholic Bishops to weigh in.
Also these are the so called “progressive” Democratic Senators who have a foolishly co-sponsored the bills:
Sherrod Brown [OH] – (202) 224-2315
Al Franken [D-MN] – (202) 224-5641
Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] – (202) 224-4451
Amy Klobuchar [D-MN] – (202) 224-3244
Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] – (202) 224-2921
Pick a few of your favorites and send them a message. Be polite. 😉