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The Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA, or officially as H.R. 3261) is a piece of legislation that has been introduced in Congress, and has the backing of many companies in the entertainment, media and publishing industries. Though the Act has the stated goal of clamping down on the free distribution of illegally pirated materials (such as films, TV shows and software) on the Internet, many have argued that the final legislation will have an unduly chilling effect on all online communications, even those that do not violate the spirit or letter of copyright law.

For example, the bill allows the Department of Justice and copyright holders to shut down websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Making a website owner responsible for user behavior in this way poses a direct threat to nearly all user-generated websites on the Internet, including sites like Twitter and Reddit. Critics of the bill have also pointed to the bill's potential for violating First Amendment rights, and its opening the door for full-on "censorship" of Internet content by the US government.

This list contains the names of all companies and organizations known to be supporting the Stop Online Piracy Act, and lobbying Congress to see that it passes. A number of groups and online communities have taken up boycotts and protests of these companies based on their position.
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Independent Film & Television Alliance

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International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees

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International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition

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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

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International Brotherhood of Teamsters

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International Trademark Association

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International Union of Police Associations

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Irell & Manella LLP

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Jenner & Block LLP

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Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP

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Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP

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L’Oreal

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Lathrop & Gage LLP

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Loeb & Loeb LLP

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Macmillan

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Major County Sheriffs

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Major League Baseball

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Majority City Chiefs

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Marvel Entertainment, LLC

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MasterCard Worldwide

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McGraw-Hill Education

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Mercury Nashville

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Minor League Baseball

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Minority Media & Telecom Council

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Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

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Motion Picture Association of America

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Moving Picture Technicians3

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MPA – The Association of Magazine Media

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National Association of Manufacturers

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National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators

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National Association of State Chief Information Officers

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National Cable & Telecommunications Association

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National Center for Victims of Crime

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National Crime Justice Association

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National District Attorneys Association

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National Domestic Preparedness Coalition

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National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee

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National League of Cities

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National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition

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National Sheriffs’ Association

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National Songwriters Association

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National Troopers Coalition

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News Corporation Mass media, Media, Motion Picture and Video Production

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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