Musicians, Companies, & Their Stance on SOPA

SOPA, as you probably know, is a controversial bill that has drawn a lot of attention to the music industry. Proponents view it as a necessary, helpful, and logical solution for internet piracy while opponents say broad language in the bill could give too much control to corporations and government. Wherever you stand on the issue, it’s important to consider the full picture by seeing who stands on either side of the argument and what they have to say. To help you do just that and make an informed decision for yourself, here is a list, pulled from and Digital Music News as well as additional research, of musicians and music companies that have taken a public stance on SOPA. Surely, many are missing on both sides of the argument, so please feel free to add them in the comments and let us know what you think.

What do you think of SOPA and PIPA? What’s good about or wrong with the bills? Is there a way to compromise?

Music Companies/ Musicians Supporting SOPA

  1. A2IM
  2. American Federation of Musicians
  3. AFTRA
  4. ASCAP
  5. BMI
  6. Bose Corp.
  7. Capitol Records Nashville
  8. CBS Corporation
  9. Christian Music Trade Association
  10. Church Music Publishers Association
  11. Church Music Trade Association
  12. Country Music Association
  13. Country Music Television
  14. Disney
  15. EMI Christian Music Group
  16. EMI Music Publishing
  17. Gospel Music Association
  18. Lost Highway Records
  19. MCA Records
  20. Mercury Nashville
  21. NAB
  22. National Music Publisher’s Association
  23. National Songwriters Association
  24. Provident Music Group
  25. RIAA
  26. Republic Nashville
  27. UMG Publishing Group
  28. Universal Music Group Inc.
  29. Warner Music Group
  30. Warner Music Nashville
  31. Word Entertainment

Music Companies/ Musicians Opposing SOPA

  1. Future of Music Coalition
  2. Tipping Point Entertainment
  3. Hypebot
  4. Evolver.FM
  5. KickStarter
  6. Google
  7. Altavoz Distro Co
  8. OneSheet founder, Brendan Mulligan
  9. Vimeo
  10. Oak Recording Studio
  11. IndieGoGo
  12. Grooveshark
  13. Hype Machine
  14. Kevin Devine (Musician)
  15. Zoƫ Keating (Musician)
  16. The Lonely Island (SNL)
  17. Daniel Lorca (Nada Surf)
  18. Erin McKeown (Musician)
  19. MGMT
  20. Samantha Murphy (Musician)
  21. OK Go
  22. Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls)
  23. Quiet Company
  24. Trent Reznor
  25. Hank Shocklee (Producer- Public Enemy, The Bomb Squad)
  26. Johnny Stimson, Musician

Note: Admittedly, it could be argued that some of the companies on either side are not music companies but those listed work with, represent, or rely on music or musicians in some manner. For example. Google owns Google Music and Youtube. Disney owns a record label and a radio station.

So, what do you think?

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