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Legacy media bankrolling campaigns of SOPA cosponsors

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Traditional big media firms have contributed more than $5 million to the sponsors of the Stop Online Piracy Act, with California Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Adam Schiff as the top recipients.

The bill, known as SOPA, would strengthen and extend the penalties for online copyright violations, and could force websites hosting pirated content to come down or prevent search engines from sending users their way. Legacy media companies stand to benefit if there's less unlawful movement of their content on the web, like pirated movies and songs for download.

Some of the nation's top tech companies — Facebook ...

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Firms severing ties with Wikileaks have multiple interests before feds

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Amazon.com, Paypal, MasterCard and Visa have ceased to do business with Wikileaks--the controversial organization that's published thousands of classified U.S. government documents. All four have spent millions of dollars lobbying the federal government on a variety of issues ranging from keeping Internet sales exempt from taxation to the regulation of credit card issuers under the Dodd Frank financial reform bill.
 
Lobbyists for Amazon.com, for example, have reported spending more than $20 million to influence the government since 1999, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. In the company's most recent lobbying disclosure ...

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