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The Here And Now
SOPA Boycott
For those of you wanting to participate in the upcoming Black March protest against Internet censoring legislation, but favor a more targeted approach: The SOPA Boycott:  Boycotting those companies that sponsored or supported SOPA and PIPA.  This allows participants to focus their efforts on larger companies and avoid harming indie artists and small businesses.

There are lists being pulled together to help focus the boycott efforts.  One is here on Google Docs (but is lagging behind on being updated. The last official list of SOPA supporters was posted in December 2011 and can be found here).* Near the top of the Google Doc list is a link to a  boilerplate script  you can use to contact the individual companies you will be boycotting, to let them know your opinion and that you will not support their company unless they rethink their position. And there even is an app to help you identify the companies and their products.

So whether you favor a total boycott or a targeted boycott, you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.

*Note: As an example of the challenges of coming up with a final and accurate list of supporters, note that the Business Software Alliance that represents a  large number of  software and hardware companies (Dell, Apple, Intuit, Adobe) withdrew its support in November 2011 but still is listed on the Google Doc list. So when in doubt, you can always check with the company in question to determine their latest stance on SOPA if you do decide to pursue a targeted SOPA boycott.

edited to add: name of the targeted campaign, along with a link to the Android app.
edited to highlight text in the original post that pointed out that the lists of SOPA supporters  are in flux and not up to date. Once the SOPA and PIPA bills were withdrawn on Friday January 20, 2012 the House Judiciary Committee removed the lists of supporters.

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leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: January 21st, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I have intensely mixed feelings about this campaign. The number of people who work in movie theatres and stores (especially independents) who could lose their income and their jobs over this worries me, as do the artists who will see their sales flop and potentially lose their recording contracts.

They'll be hurt in a comparatively far larger way than the big companies on the SOPA list.

I'm going to think about it, but I'm not convinced that it's going to seriously hurt anyone but the people who can afford it the least.
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: January 21st, 2012 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
The challenge of any boycott indeed, whether it involves nurses, dock workers or farm workers. The people using paying the price are the ones who can least afford it.

OTOH, the list of SOPPA supporters goes way beyond the movie industry: clothing and drug manufacturers (and yes Wal-MArt) were/are also on board and pushing for the legislation. Even the big tech players supported it until November. I see this as a wider threat to speech than coming from just Hollywood.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: January 21st, 2012 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I know how long that list is. I've been watching it.

It's the fact that it lasts a month. That month is long enough for one of the indie stores or movie theatres that is teetering on the edge to go under. They're the ones who'll be hurt, not WalMart or Amazon or iTunes or the bigger stores. And we've been trying so hard to save the independents. This could kill them.

So, as I said, seriously mixed feelings. On the one hand, we could demolish a campaign that I've been fighting for years. On the other hand, SOPA/PIPA and their ilk need to be stopped.

I just don't think a month-long boycott will accomplish enough to make the damage it could cause worth-while.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: January 21st, 2012 01:51 am (UTC) (Link)
And, frankly, even if the company that makes my BP meds is on that list, I can't afford not to take them for a month.
From: dewline Date: January 21st, 2012 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. That could be called "holding you hostage against your own best interests", couldn't it? In more than one sense.
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: January 21st, 2012 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. That could be called "holding you hostage against your own best interests", couldn't it? In more than one sense.

That reminds me of when we were protesting on the DC Mall in hundred degree heat. Someone started to feel faint and we had run out of water. I ran to the nearest vendor - they too were all sold out of water, but they only had Coke.

When I brought the Coke back to the woman, someone tried to intercept me saying: ''You can't give her that. We're boycotting Coke." I told them not to be an ass and gave her the drink.

So no, I wouldn't advise someone to stop taking a life saving or needed medication in order to comply with a boycott. Nor would I expect it.

My brand of activism is not couched in extremes. It is pretty simple: if I can't dance, I won't join your revolution. And I certainly won't be much help dead or passed out on the floor.
From: dewline Date: January 21st, 2012 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

It does point to the need to break up some of these companies into many smaller operations, though. Too much reach into too many sectors of the planetary economy...
From: sidhe_uaine42 Date: January 22nd, 2012 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe in the Jewish/Muslim idea of when to "draw the line" and when to "cross the line".

A true Muslim/Jew won't do something if it is against his/her religion or personal principles unless it is a matter of life or death.

There are a couple of things on the list that are required for either my grey furry roommate's or my own well-being, so I'm going to use them and screw my personal principles.

The stuff not vital for either of our lives: this bird's for them!
furiosity From: furiosity Date: January 23rd, 2012 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
The first list you're linking is a sampling from the second one; they're not different lists. Also, it is inaccurate in at least one aspect that I noticed: the Business Software Alliance for one withdrew its support of SOPA (as currently drafted) months ago in response to the initial volley of online backlash.

I'm all for a boycott of SOPA supporters, but writing to, say, Apple or Microsoft (both of which are on that list you've linked to because the entire BSA is on the list) demanding they withdraw support for SOPA (when neither company actually supports it) is kind of like informing McDonald's I'm gonna boycott them for failing to provide the world with adequate teachers, or something.

tl;dr - please don't encourage people to rely on a third-party, inaccurate list for the purposes of a targeted boycott, because that'll just ensure any boycott activity won't be taken seriously, and the headlines are likely to be more along the lines of "more proof average consumer is silly goose" than "massive boycott forces X Company to withdraw SOPA support" (as was the case with GoDaddy).

edit: @(#&$@*(& links, how do they work.

Edited at 2012-01-23 12:20 am (UTC)
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: January 23rd, 2012 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
We had mentioned that the lists needed to be updated (and specifically referred to the software business alliance pulling their support in November) in the post above (perhaps you missed it?). If you have a more current up to date list (both of supporters and companies who came out against SOPA) please drop us a link and we'll add it.
furiosity From: furiosity Date: January 23rd, 2012 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
My objection was mostly to the statement that the Google list is "in the process of being updated" -- the BSA companies are on it even though there is such a huge time gap between their withdrawal of support and now, so there doesn't seem to be any evidence at all that the list is being updated. Your post seems to suggest the Google list is a reliable source, which it really does not seem to be.

Gizmodo's list contains a scribd copy of the PDF supporter list that used to be published on the Congress site (but seems to have vanished -- at least, older links leading to it directly aren't working any more). But Gizmodo isn't updating that list as GoDaddy is still on it, and they switched sides not long after that was published.
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: January 23rd, 2012 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
The last "official" updated list of SOPA supporters I could find came from the House Judiciary Committee dated Dec 2011. http://www.scribd.com/doc/76607770/Updated-SOPA-Supporters After the bills were withdrawn on Friday, the list was taken offline, so coming up with a 'final" and accurate list is being left to the grassroots. But let me know if you find a more accurate list.

Edited at 2012-01-23 02:33 am (UTC)
rainbow_goddess From: rainbow_goddess Date: January 23rd, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
What if you're buying your music/books from Canadian retailers who have nothing whatsoever to do with SOPA or PIPA?
morgandawn From: morgandawn Date: January 23rd, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good question. If you're deciding to do a total boycott, then they'd be included in the boycott. If you've decided to only boycott the companies that supported SOPA, they you might choose to buy from the Canadian retailers but not include the items produced by the SOPA supporters. And if you're deciding to buy only from the companies that came out against SOPA, then again, you'd buy from the Canadian retailers, but only buy books/movies created by SOPA opponents.

In other words: you can tailor it any way that fits your goals/beliefs. Participation is voluntary.
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