Boycotting SOPA Supporters is All or Nothing

Frequently controversial domain name seller Go Daddy recently came under fire for publicly supporting the United States House of Representatives legislation known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Go Daddy appears to have reversed course and is listening to customer concerns. Several other companies are still listed as supporting SOPA.

Assuming you might have been willing to boycott one company for its support of SOPA, you should really be prepared to boycott all of them or you are simply watering down your stance — lest you care to stand as a hypocrite. If you take the stance that boycotting one company is enough, then why single any one of them out when many more support SOPA? Or, why stop at just one? There are plenty more companies you could boycott with the same degree of effectiveness.

Oppose SOPA and PIPA I want to make it clear that, here at LockerGnome, we strongly oppose SOPA. The legislation will be more than detrimental to the way we use the Internet — both as content creators and as general consumers. It will impact how we do everything from reading Reddit, to how we consume the news, to how we shop, to how we socialize online. We believe a SOPAesque resolution may also impact our ability to continue to exist as a business. Supporting SOPA or opposing SOPA is your choice, of course. But if you choose to oppose SOPA, be aware that this legislation is being propelled by both your congressmen and over 140 private companies that publicly support the legislation. Many of these SOPA-loving companies you likely already support and would continue to support in the future, SOPA or not.

Contacting your appropriate politicians is likely to carry more weight than attempting to permanently alter your spending patterns. Whether you are for or against SOPA, contact your legislators and share your views.

What is SOPA, anyway?

Copyright holders are currently armed with the DMCA as a means of dealing with online copyright infringement. In most cases, a DMCA claim is made against a specific page on a website — not the entire site (unless the entire site is seen to be violating copyright). For user-generated content sites like YouTube, the site itself is indemnified for the actions of its users as long as it complies when a valid takedown notice is provided.

Along with SOPA, the US Senate is working on similar legislation known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA). If enacted, SOPA and PIPA will allow content creators to file claims of copyright infringement against data uploaded by third-party users and hold the hosting sites directly accountable. New laws will grant government and private parties unprecedented power to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users’ attempts to reach certain websites’ URLs against which there is a claim.

As we understand it, if this new legislation passes in its current form, any website accused of containing copyright-infringing content (such as a song, article, photo, or video clip) could be blocked by ISPs, de-indexed from search engines, and even prevented from doing business online. All of this can (and will) happen without due process with the burden of proof lying upon the accused to prove their innocence while their site has been effectively removed from the Internet. At the very least, the Internet would change from what we know it as today.

If this legislation passes the House, Senate, and the President’s veto powers, a “new” Internet could arise upon which, the EFF explains, will rely on “alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored US version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.” This is obviously far from ideal for anyone who uses the Internet in any capacity.

So who is behind SOPA?

The bill was introduced by Texas Representative Lamar Smith and 12 co-sponsors. The House Judiciary Committee is circulating a document that lists 142 companies and organizations it claims to be publicly supporting the act, though some are attempting to get off the list (as Go Daddy did earlier today). Many of the companies on the list have ties to the music, film, and book publishing industries. This isn’t surprising, since these are the largest companies with a vested interest in protecting copyright. However, you may be surprised to find other companies with less obvious relationships to digital copyright licensing and piracy on the list — such as beauty and accessory brands. Yes, even pharmaceutical companies are supporting SOPA.

Below is the full list of companies the House Judicial Committee lists as SOPA supporters:

SOPA Supporters

Who should you boycott?

We don’t necessarily advocate a boycott as the best solution to making your voice heard. But, simply boycotting one company while continuing to buy from others is hypocritical — and one action doesn’t send a complete message. While you have valid concerns with Go Daddy’s initial support of SOPA, you may have unwittingly (or, worse yet, willfully) ignored the far-reaching economic impact of other SOPA supporters.

Sports leagues support SOPA

Major League Baseball and the National Football League both support SOPA. This means that, every time you watch a sporting event, buy a game ticket, or wear apparel from teams within these organizations, you indirectly lend your support to SOPA. Some of the LockerGnome staff have been season ticketholders of NFL and MLB teams for years, so keep in mind that this advice isn’t coming from sports-hating geeks. In fact, you could consider watching NBA and NHL games instead — unless the games are on SOPA-supporting ESPN, of course.

Pharmaceutical companies support SOPA

Pfizer is among the 140 companies listed as supporting SOPA. So, every time you get a little ahem “lift” from Viagra, you’re showing your support for SOPA. Pfizer also makes Advil, Chapstick, several birth control products, and dozens of other medications required for health and wellness. Thankfully, there are alternatives to many of these medications if you oppose SOPA and choose to boycott this pharmaceutical giant.

Beauty products support SOPA

Ladies, check your makeup bags and vanities; you may be supporting SOPA every morning. L’Oreal and Revlon are two companies listed as publicly supporting SOPA. L’Oreal is known for its cosmetics, beauty items, and perfume. Popular L’Oreal products include the Garnier line of hair color, shampoos, styling products, high-tech skincare, sun care products, as well as the Maybelline line of cosmetics. Your salon may also color your hair with its professional line of hair products. Additionally, Revlon’s line of products include “age-defying face products, hair color, fragrances, skincare, and beauty care products,” according to the Revlon website. If you currently use any of these products, never would there be a better time to try an alternative… if you oppose SOPA, and if you think boycotting is the most intelligent choice.

You don’t wear makeup? What about diamonds? They may (or may not) be this girl’s best friend. But, if you oppose SOPA, a breakfast at Tiffany’s is definitely out of the question with Tiffany & Co. also on the list.

Family entertainment supports SOPA

Before you buy those tickets to Disneyland for spring break, consider whether you want to support SOPA. While you’re at it, think twice before you allow your kids to watch Toy Story, or before you watch anything on the various ESPN channels, which are also owned by Disney. Geek favorite, TRON, should not be forgotten, either. Along with Disney and ESPN, ABC is also supporting SOPA.

Okay, geeks… who were your childhood comic book heroes? Did you idolize the X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man, or Captain America? You may be shocked to find that they are supporting SOPA, with Marvel Entertainment being listed among SOPA supporters.

Again, we’re not suggesting that you need to boycott any of these companies to effectively oppose SOPA. But if you intend to boycott, you should be comprehensive. Or, you should be prepared to carry the ‘hypocrite’ label. You simply can’t choose, in any universe ruled by logic, to admonish one company when other companies you engage are equally as complicit.

Who should you contact to oppose SOPA?

Obviously, refusing to buy products or services from the 140 companies publicly supporting SOPA may not be enough to convince your congressmen to oppose the legislation. To take action, consider telling your local representatives exactly what you think. A simple email may not suffice.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a brief (and powerful) summary of the harm that SOPA will cause should the legislation be enacted next year. The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s article also includes a widget that empowers users to take action by contacting their local senators and representatives by simply entering their ZIP code. The EFF has drafted a persuasive letter that will be sent to your congresspeople, and that will send automatically after you fill in your personal information. Here’s how it reads:

“I am a constituent and I urge you to reject the Internet Blacklist Bills (PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House). I am deeply concerned by the danger these bills pose to Internet security, free speech online, and innovation. The Internet Blacklist Legislation is dangerous and short-sighted, and I urge you to join Senator Wyden and other members of Congress, such as Representatives Lofgren, Eshoo, and Issa, in opposing it.”

You have the option to edit the letter as you see fit (including the subject line). If you are incredibly short on time, using the form letter the EFF has composed (after filling in your info) will be a fantastic way to make your voice heard and prevent the damaging effect SOPA will have on the way both consumers and businesses use the Internet. Of course, if you’d rather contact your representatives yourself… you’re more than welcome to do so.

It’s all or nothing. If you don’t support one company because it supports SOPA, then you shouldn’t support any company because it supports SOPA. You can make it a witch hunt, but you can’t just kill one witch out of hundreds and call it a day.

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  • http://immadametal.tumblr.com Thomas “The Metal” McGrath

    It’s funny.  I don’t choose to boycott any of those things, but I don’t really engage in most of them anyway.  SOPA would screw me up a lot since I’m all about indie entertainment, though I think by my twentieth letter/email/call I’ve hit my personal effectiveness limit.  I just gotta keep spreadin’ the word to others.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent article about taking proactive measures to stop this legislation instead of knee-jerk reactions. I called my Representative the day Tumblr messed with all our accounts. =D

  • Jason Keilholtz

    if it passes then they should they should have to reference every word that is used out of what dictionary on what page that the word that is being used can be found and if they make one mistake of one word then that individual can be declared a pirate as well

  • http://twitter.com/android_ajit Ajit pillai

    Even all the ISPs support SOPA, does this mean that we should boycott them and not use the internet?

    • Guest

      My ISP, AT&T, isn’t listed.

  • Ockham Raezore

    Entertaining article but a false premise.  Boycott is a devise best used in concentrate lest lack of focus defuse the point being made

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      If the goal was to boycott a single company – mission accomplished. If the goal was to admonish companies which support SOPA, the mission is far from over.

  • http://twitter.com/tominchicago Tom

    Corporatist legislators will listen to lobbyists, not citizens. You have to hit them where it hurts – their revenue. You’re saying if you can’t boycott all, then boycott none.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      You can’t stop at just one and expect your job is done if your job is to try to make these companies aware that supporting SOPA is a stupid idea.

      • Jonathan C.

        You’re right you can’t just stop at one, but the way you’re putting it you’re making it sound like “If you don’t boycott all the companies at once right now, you’re a hypocrite”, which I don’t really think is helpful in any way. People should continue boycotting as many companies as they are able to, but not everyone will be able to do all of them, it’s just not possible. People have to continue fighting, but I don’t see how insulting them will encourage them to do more.

        • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

          It’s possible – not probable. There’s a difference.

  • http://twitter.com/tominchicago Tom

    We’ve seen that just the threat of boycott can be effective. Each individual can make their own cost-benefit decision in regard to which corporations to boycott.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      So, threaten to boycott all of ‘em.

  • Guest

    Not to be the pessimist, but it seems that no matter what we do, the government almost always wins anyway.  I’ve written letters and had my friends write letters before.

    My friend sent a letter to Tim Bishop MONTHS ago about his OPPOSING this legislation with reasoning and everything.  he (or whoever runs his email) sends one back saying “thank you for your SUPPORT of…”  if  government officials seemingly can’t READ, how do we expect them to give us what we want and need?  self serving lounge lizards… that’s all they ever were and all they ever will be.  GOOD DAY, SIR

  • Jonathan C.

    I think this is a bit of an idiotic stance. The point of boycotts is to send a message and not everyone can boycott all these companies for one reason or another. But if people are able to boycott enough of them and a few more drop their support for SOPA it might cause others to do the same without even being hit by a boycott. Calling people hypocrites because they aren’t boycotting or can’t boycott every company on that list is counterproductive.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      And the next company you’re going after is…?

  • Dave Reynolds

    National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition…WTF???

  • Yvan Da Silva

    Thank you very much @pirillo:disqus , very good article and video. 

    I don’t live in the US, but that doesn’t mean this law can’t hurt myself too by removing my site from being view on the US and so on.
    I just found another article (not recent tough) that might interest you. http://www.mathewingram.com/work/2008/02/27/why-intellectual-property-doesnt-exist/

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Mathew hates me, but… I still think he’s one of the smartest journo-bloggers out there.

  • http://lance.compulsivetech.biz/ Lance Seidman

    I have written multiple letters, help freely build scripts for sites against these bills and even though GoDaddy.com now stops supporting SOPA, it still LOVES PIPA. Neither are good for the Internet and it really bugs me when people think that all of us who are fighting against censorship (SOPA & PIPA) are in some way or some how bad people…

    We’re not bad, we are allowing you to continue how you think “Company A” and “Company B” shouldn’t be boycotted by flaming people online in which one day could go away if you’re on a site, very much like Lockergnome that is USEFUL and has content that actually drives traffic to products but that could end and also end your part/full-time job as a schmuck complaining at those you call the new-age hippies (in which case, almost makes me think some should be censored but individuals).

    Try to remember how big the Internet really is, they don’t call it the WORLD WIDE WEB (WWW) for s**ts and giggles. As America is a super country, even if we are suffering, we still have superior threatening power over those who are apart of the UN and they too will eventually be hit with this new War and slap their people with our newest throat closing apparatus that is almost as invisible as the air we breathe but just as dangerous.

    As for boycotting though, just cause you can’t/won’t make change or modify your spending to another similar alternatives doesn’t mean halting to buy 1-item from the supportive companies above won’t make a difference as someone else will boycott who you won’t/can’t and in reverse. You may be able to boycott the one product I just can’t live without (certainly not one of the broadcasting networks, maybe it’s the Viaga I will need in 30 years).

    So, before you think you have no impact… They’ve won you and others with the simple minded thinking you’re constantly doing and exactly why they have the billions they do as you’re not going to think twice about what they call food on a plate they shove in your face but to the rest of us who stare in utter disgust, how you could eat that trash?

  • http://skyler.me Skyler Sweet

    One company at a time, starting with the one that makes the most sense for the individual choosing to make an impact with their consumer vote.  

    Bare with me with this metaphor but it is sort of like vegetarianism.  You choose small choices until you can quit cold turkey.  It’s a bit unrealistic to go all in when the world we live in is not set up in such a way to support that new habit. 

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      So, who is the next company?

      • Anonymous

        What’s your purpose in posting the same thing over and over again? If you have something to say, spit it out, boy.

        • http://lance.compulsivetech.biz/ Lance Seidman

          I think as he stated, he wants to know what company he is after and more-so anyone.

      • Anonymous

        Well we could start with

        60 Plus Association.

        When Grandma and Grandpa come to visit for Christmas Dinner slam the door in their face and tell them to stop supporting SOPA.

        Well only joking but it does make me chuckle inside thinking of it.  What I can’t understand is why a group that claims to be specific to the protection of Seniors is supporting something that has very little to do with Seniors.   Most Seniors probably don’t even know what the blazes SOPA is.

        • http://lance.compulsivetech.biz/ Lance Seidman

          Like anything political, usually you get support to help the donating party’s cause or just get on someones good side.

      • http://skyler.me Skyler Sweet

        Maybe the Government.

  • Anonymous

    I despise SOPA and will fight against it with every last breath, but…I disagree.

    I don’t blame ABC, the NFL and L’Oreal etc for supporting SOPA. These are all companies who are directly affected by piracy/infringement (to what extent can be debated, but there is *an* effect).

    So while I disagree with their bill, I don’t disagree with their right to try to enact legislation to protect their businesses. They are going about it the wrong way, but that’s where negotiation comes in. They are on one side, I am on another. I don’t need to boycott them to make my point.

    GoDaddy, on the other hand, is a traitor. A slimy, opportunistic traitor. I have NO respect for them. They gained little from SOPA except an exemption. They are turncoats. While SOPA might be good for entertainment and luxury goods brands, it’s TERRIBLE for technology innovation. As a tech company, GoDaddy’s participation in drafting SOPA and it’s hardcore support is inexcusable. A boycott is absolutely in order. Actually, not even a boycott. That implies I’ll be back someday. I won’t.

    Ultimately, what *industry* is more important? That seems to be the real debate. Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley. North vs South. Hollywood beat us to the Congressional stage, but they are the past. We are the future, and we will win (even if we have to hack our way around the Great US Firewall).

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Then your boycotting GoDaddy is completely unrelated to SOPA. The supporters are all traitors.

    • http://twitter.com/hemo_jr Matt Hickman

      I do blame ABC, the NFL, L’Oreal etc for supporting SOPA. They are American companies that are ready to put profit above the personal freedoms of their customers, their families and themselves.

      SOPA is the McCarthyism. of the 21st century.  It blacklists by accusation.  And whereas the blacklists of McCarthyism were not compelled by the full  force of the U.S. government, SOPA and PIPA would be.

  • Dave

    On the other hand, I wonder how many IP lawsuits have been filed AGAINST the companies and organizations supporting SOPA? Maybe a disgruntled script writer, inventor,or whatever could use his lawsuit as a reason for using SOPA to take down an offending organization’s site. I love the law of unintended consequences! 

  • Cody

    Who is in support of SOPA and actually giving large amounts of money to congressmens campaigns’s?  It would make sense to as a community boycott the top 5-10, make them hurt, and consider dropping the bill.  If the top 3 drop it, you are going to get alot more votes against in congress.

  • http://twitter.com/johnstack John Stack

    I think you make this out to be more complex than it really is. You can target 140 companies – but it is not going to be a lifestyle choice Chris!  How about one week?  Quit consuming for one week? Can you get off the tube? Off of all sponsored media for a week?  I think so. 

    One week:  http://bit.ly/td8UhO

  • http://twitter.com/DJHarrison2020 DJ Harrison

     IT WILL KILL THE INTERNET !!!!!!!

    • James Duckett

      Let’s be fair. It will NOT kill the Internet. It will cripple it, to be sure, but when people go around (in all caps even) proclaiming that it will kill their Interwebs, then nobody will take you seriously.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000384336559 Vitus Feldmann

      All you will be able to do is play paid games. Great, isn’t it?

      • Opal Dragon

        except you won’t know when a great game came out cause the review site got shut down cause it gave a bad review to another game.   Which will leave only site that gives 5 out of 5 star to every game it reviews; even that lame game that cost $120 that is about a truck that can only drive straight and crashes everytime you pass a tree, but you won’t know that because they said it will be a smash hit with dynamic game play just cause they don’t want there site to be censored and block.

  • Richard Townsend

    You make a strong case. Ric

  • http://twitter.com/wesmorgan1 wesmorgan1

    Those of you who are suggesting that “it can’t be that bed”, take note: I have read both SOPA and PIPA in their entirety, and THEY ARE THAT BAD.

    All you really need to know is that the legislation actually enables (or did, in its earlier versions) DNS blocking.  In other words, SOPA would require DNS providers to “black hole” offending sites by sending DNS queries into la-la land.  That’s the same technique used by totalitarian regimes, such as China and Iran, to censor the Internet in their countries.  That sort of power should NEVER belong to any clown who can assert (but not prove – yes, this is “guilty until proven innocent” treatment) a copyright claim, no matter how tenuous it may be…

    If you’re thinking that no one will actually abuse these powers to that degree, use your Google-fu and check out “Uri Geller DMCA” for a particularly heinous example.

    TAKE ACTION NOW!  This legislation really IS as bad as suggested above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000384336559 Vitus Feldmann

    Good article. When I read the comments, it doesn’t look that a boycott of all of them will ever happen. It would be very easy, though. Let’s all NOT watch the Super Bowl as a symbol for all that are on the list. There is no way this is going to happen. That’s how much we care. For some reason, we just take whatever is put on us. One of the next steps is you can’t express your political opinion anymore and everyone is accepting it and is desperately trying to find something good about it.

  • Tag64

    they intend to halt all forms of freedom, curtail the lifeline to sharing of knowledge, destroy the ability to communicate freely (no more circumstances like occupy) , pushing their authority down your throat and make you succumb to their will..but this will be the straw that may wake people up to realize that they have been given a tool to empower themselves with actual ability to enact transparency from big corporate’s and governments..it is our hands..no violence or gatherings are required..just don’t turn up and let them do the work by themselves…order in chaos, that is their control over each individual…We can have Order Over Chaos …thanks and Have A Great Day

  • Jason Keilholtz

    When a individual is broadcasting or recording their thoughts for 

    later review, their views, preceptions or, opinions should be valued 

    just as well. Those who use those tools of protection to create 

    silence, void and belittlement to those who are just finding 

    enjoyment in being, are in the wrong. Those that have the right to 

    follow their work or product have no right to create within an individuals’ enviorment. 

  • http://xeeme.com/SallyKWitt/ Sally K Witt

    Wow, I had no idea that list was so huge.  Depressing.

  • Raven_999_69

    oh well, it will save us all monthly internet fees.   Best thing to do is cancel your internet after SOPA launches and buy nothing from any of these media companies

  • http://twitter.com/thisisspain Steve Hall

    It’s a real can of worms and I feel that GoDaddy have hit troubled waters because they were easily identifiable. I had NO idea for example that Chemical companies were involved. Frightening where they get their tentacles. Really appreciate this factual information. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/techie.geek.girl Tracy Fortune

    What do you know, started by one of dubya’s good ol’ boy Texas neighbors….shocking…Wtf is it with this area, anyway?  “Undoing civilization, one advance at a time”…

    I hope everyone here boycotts & signs the EFF form.  My God, what is it going to take to get everyone to understand that their rights are being stripped- left, right & center?  It’s easier to hang on to a right than it is to try to get it back after you see just how awful it is later…

  • http://twitter.com/CaptRobLee Robert Lee

    This is very important. 

  • http://twitter.com/alfamale156 Andrew Woodcock

    The issue is not whether copyright holders have a right to protect their copyright but whether this bill will do that effectively. It will not. It is short-sighted, draconian and blatantly in favour of one powerful interest group at the expense of all others. I hope to God this doesn’t get through.

  • Welding Freak95

    its china all over again this country is getting down into the dumps every day into a communist society filled with dumb hypocrits that dont know how good they got it because the media feeds us lies and we are sheeple don’t beleave me or. Have you forgotten about the internet kill switch?? Or the nsa spying on us?? They want full controll digital media is yet a nother tool in which to controll us DONT LET THOSE COMY BASTARDS GET AWAY WITH THIS TRAVISTY EVERY DAY A FREEDOM DIE AND THE CONSTITUTION ABANDODNED SPIT ON AND FORGOTTEN

  • CP

    The legislative morons believe they can control the flow of TRUTH by control of the internet!
    Fear is one of if not greatest, means of control by the government the internet is one of their greatest tools. 
    Yet ‘they’ themselves use it as much as anyone.  Bill pay, online shopping, research, everyone says GOOGLE – such and so.  

  • http://twitter.com/ShawnFarnum Shawn Farnum

    Sony, Pfizer, Newscorp, to name a few. This means all you gamers out there need to toss your PS3s and viagra.

    The funny thing is, with Newscorp, a lot of us are already boycotting MySpace! LMAO 

    Anyway it’s not in the  boycotting that’s going to get the call to action; it’s all of us contacting our representatives that’s going to get this taken care of. Get on it and you don’t have to give up any of your stuff. Just tell your congressman what BS the bill is. GO!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kpslover007 Uthman Baksh

    I don’t know, some of these companies like Disney and MLB are tough to boycott! 

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Who said boycotting was supposed to be easy?

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Who said boycotting was supposed to be easy?

  • http://twitter.com/kpslover007 Uthman Baksh

    I don’t know, some of these companies like Disney and MLB are tough to boycott! 

  • fuck sopa

    SOPA can go suck a dick!!! Fuck protect IP!!!

  • fuck sopa

    SOPA can go suck a dick!!! Fuck protect IP!!!

  • Jason Ferguson

    This will RUIN THE WORLD!!!

  • Jason Ferguson

    This will RUIN THE WORLD!!!

  • Anonymous

    I completely disagree with Lockergnome’s stance on boycotting. I think it is the right move for people to boycott GoDaddy and doing so doesn’t make you a hypocrite.

    This argument of of “Boycotting is all or nothing” is a logical fallacy of a sweeping generalization, especially considering that many of these companies are part of umbrella corporations that forcibly dictates the stance of those companies.

    I dislike Viacom for supporting SOPA but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop watching Gametrailers.com.

    Next point, GoDaddy and say Marvel (who are also owned by another company Disney), aren’t comparable due to the nature of their business. GoDaddy offers domain names and the customers expect GoDaddy to protect that name.

    GoDaddy was a part of the internet community. Marvel, not so much.

    GoDaddy supporting SOPA and PIPA basically throws that expectation to the wind. So now, there is a direct conflict of interests which also leads to a serious customer service problem.

    It says that they are no longer interested in being part of the internet community

    It sends the message that if you want to be part of the internet community you need to represent that community.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      They all support SOPA. It boils down to a matter of convenience for boycotters, but who said boycotting was supposed to be easy?

      • Anonymous

        Again, a sweeping generalization of the matter. Trying to group them all into one basket, when it’s clear that there are many different basket’s littered about.

        No I think it boils down to priority and logic.

        Companies like Marvel doesn’t have a heavy stake in the internet, they mainly make comic books. Their service isn’t directly part of the internet community like GoDaddy was. In a way, It’s “understandable” for them to support SOPA, unlike GoDaddy.

        It doesn’t make sense for GoDaddy and companies like GoDaddy, to support bills like SOPA. It’s bill that effect the current customers, their business, and the internet community. Their support counter’s their own business model, and it raises questions why?

        A boycott directly says that; Our community does not trust your service and does not welcome you.

      • Anonymous

        Again, a sweeping generalization of the matter. Trying to group them all into one basket, when it’s clear that there are many different basket’s littered about.

        No I think it boils down to priority and logic.

        Companies like Marvel doesn’t have a heavy stake in the internet, they mainly make comic books. Their service isn’t directly part of the internet community like GoDaddy was. In a way, It’s “understandable” for them to support SOPA, unlike GoDaddy.

        It doesn’t make sense for GoDaddy and companies like GoDaddy, to support bills like SOPA. It’s bill that effect the current customers, their business, and the internet community. Their support counter’s their own business model, and it raises questions why?

        A boycott directly says that; Our community does not trust your service and does not welcome you.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      They all support SOPA. It boils down to a matter of convenience for boycotters, but who said boycotting was supposed to be easy?

  • Anonymous

    I completely disagree with Lockergnome’s stance on boycotting. I think it is the right move for people to boycott GoDaddy and doing so doesn’t make you a hypocrite.

    This argument of of “Boycotting is all or nothing” is a logical fallacy of a sweeping generalization, especially considering that many of these companies are part of umbrella corporations that forcibly dictates the stance of those companies.

    I dislike Viacom for supporting SOPA but it doesn’t mean I’ll stop watching Gametrailers.com.

    Next point, GoDaddy and say Marvel (who are also owned by another company Disney), aren’t comparable due to the nature of their business. GoDaddy offers domain names and the customers expect GoDaddy to protect that name.

    GoDaddy was a part of the internet community. Marvel, not so much.

    GoDaddy supporting SOPA and PIPA basically throws that expectation to the wind. So now, there is a direct conflict of interests which also leads to a serious customer service problem.

    It says that they are no longer interested in being part of the internet community

    It sends the message that if you want to be part of the internet community you need to represent that community.

  • Rphillips116

    Interesting story posted by Randy Cassingham of “This is True”

    US House of Representatives:  Internet Pirates
    http://boingboing.net/2011/12/27/us-house-of-representatives-i.html 

  • Antonio Guadagno

    It’s ridiculous advice to not boycott. Unless we have a few million to stick in several politicians pockets, we’ll be unable to change their minds. We are a government of the people and for the people, those “people” being corporations. We must boycott these corporations with a nerd-like fervor and with geek-like precision.

    As those brought together by the internet, we must boycott them all. When we stop supporting them, all we really have to do is make sure they get none of our money. The Boston Tea Party was required to do without tea, but we have other forms of entertainment and other ways to follow sports, movies, comics, etc.

    If you want to know who’s next? I’d call on Marvel. Not Disney, as the geeks who inherit are only a drop in their bucket, but Marvel who the geeks still claim as one of their own. After they fall, we pick the next target and move on, all the time, not spending money or providing ourselves as a commodity to any of the companies that support SOPA.

    Yes, I looked at the list and I think I can boycott them all (even going as far as to cancel Spotify since some of that goes to the music companies listed), but it’s a fallacy to claim that we have to boycott every one or risk being ineffective. When more and more companies see us boycotting and targeting SOPA supporters, assuming we get organized, which lockergnome could help with if it chose, they may drop support to fend off boycotting before it comes. Mind you, this is only a possibility, but it is a very valid one that negates to absolutism present in your assumption.