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Is a Boycott Over SOPA or PIPA Realistic

Know what the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) are?  I’ll give you a moment to catch up…  Here’s also where the comic book industry stands.  The below was passed along to me by a friend and was posted by Tom Merritt as to the reality of a solid boycott concerning companies’ supporting SOPA and PIPA.

The list of supporters is massive and runs across more than just the entertainment industry.  As Merritt posted, below this is what you can’t do under a SOPA and PIPA based boycott.

Watch TV (ABC, NBC, CBS, News Corp Independent Film & Television Alliance)
Listen to Music from members of AFM or written by members of ASCAP or BMI or on any major label
Watch TV or movies with actors int hem (SAG/AFTRA)
See a play (The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and most theater orgs)
Support Tax Reform
Read Books (Association of American Publishers, all major publishers)
Call the cops (Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies – Fraternal Order of Police (FOP – International Union of Police Associations))
Go into buildings (Building and Construction Trades Department)
Sing Church Music (Church Music Publishers’ Association)
Fight fires (Congressional Fire Services Institute)
Use the Better Business Bureau (Council of Better Business Bureaus)
Use State government services (Council of State Government)
Wear Makeup (Revlon, Estee Lauder or L’Oreal)
Register a domain name with GoDaddy
Buy anything delivered in a truck (International Brotherhood of Teamsters)
Use electricity ( International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Watch baseball (Major League Baseball – Minor League Baseball (MiLB))
Watch NFL football
Watch UFC
Watch Tennis (United States Tennis Associatio)
Read Marvel comics
Use a credit card
Buy Manufactured goods (National Association of Manufacturers (NAM))
Enter a city (National League of Cities)
Buy prescription and OTC drugs (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) – Pfizer)
Buy or wear jewelry from Tiffany

A boycott just isn’t realistic.  Hell, last night I was watching a UFC fight.  And personally my thought, if you can’t be consistent in your beliefs or actions, you’re just a hypocrite.

While we set up our action center, here’s something you can do right away, write your Representative and Senators and tell them to oppose the legislation.

Full disclosure: Brett consults for the Entertainment Consumers Association which opposes SOPA and PIPA

General DC


  • We got Sony and GoDaddy to drop their support, so it is doing something. I wrote my Congressmen about the Legislation and nothing you can say can change their mind except if they know they will lose votes or campaign contributions.

    • Really it’s the pressure from constituents on their elected officials that matters. In an election year, that has more power than any boycott.

  • I really think that SOPA and PIPA have nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with trying to control the Internet. One of the advantages of the Internet is its relative lack of formal control which allows for more freedom and variety in the content available whether it’s produced by the user or not. I can’t see why theater owners, electricians, and actors would benefit from such laws being passed. In fact, I would like to know which politicians support laws like SOPA and see how many are associated with the American Legislative Exchange Council.

    • “Theater owners, electricians, and actors” benefit in they have jobs that are on the line. With piracy the logic is less purchases equals less profits, equals less being produced and then less jobs. It’s that simple really.

  • This is just terrible….SOPA is the equivalent of curing a headache with a guillotine. It may stop piracy, but it would shut down our economy and unconstitutionally erode our most basic freedoms in the process.

    I just hope that everyone realizes how important this is and does their part to save the internet & our economy! …here is another good video that explains the consequences of SOPA pretty well:

    1,000s of more websites have joined the force and went dark today, we need EVERYONES help!!!!