It seems that not every company on the list of SOPA supporters actually support the bill. Taylor Guitars on Tuesday provided me with some information that explained how they initially ended up on the list of supporters.
“In August 2011, Taylor Guitars, its trade organization, NAMM, and other music industry manufacturers offered a signature of support on a U.S. Chamber of Commerce letter sent to Congressional members to encourage the introduction of anti-piracy and counterfeiting legislation,” Taylor said in a statement provided to The Loop. “As the letter was not bill-specific, we felt the spirit of its intent was in accordance with our efforts to confront ongoing piracy and copyright infringement issues that we, like many others in the industry, continue to battle.”
That seems to be the common theme when talking to people about SOPA — people support anti-piracy legislation, but SOPA is out of control.
Taylor said that its signature of support and its “desire to stop piracy and counterfeiting has been misrepresented as support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261).”
Having read that, I have to wonder how many other companies find themselves in the same position. How many support anti-piracy measures and wrongly found themselves on a list of SOPA supporters.
“Clearly stated, we do not support SOPA and its intent to restrict the Internet,” said Taylor. “The values of freedom, creativity and innovation are at the core of our business, and SOPA is not in accordance with those values.”