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December 15, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Amazon, HP, eBay join Microsoft bandwagon in warrant case

As extensively telegraphed by Microsoft, the company’s cast of supporters in its legal fight over a warrant seeking a customer’s emails just got a whole lot bigger.

Microsoft was joined by Amazon.com as well as Silicon Valley stalwarts Hewlett-Packard and eBay. Apple, AT&T,  Cisco and Verizion, which all supported Microsoft in its lower court case, also weighed in again.

Google, a leader in the cloud-computing realm along with Microsoft and Amazon.com, was among the notable technology companies that haven’t weighed in.

Microsoft in December 2013 was ordered by a federal judge in New York to turn over a user’s emails. Microsoft, finding the emails were stored in its Irish data center, refused, setting off the court case now awaiting a hearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Microsoft says the order goes beyond the government’s warrant powers. The government counters that existing data privacy law gives it the power to order Microsoft to turn over the email.

At a media event on Monday, the deadline for outside parties to add their voices to the case, Microsoft touted it’s growing roster of support.

In the media realm, Microsoft cited the support of the vast majority of the country’s newspapers (including The Seattle Times), as well as CNN, Fox News and NPR. Leading business trade groups (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers) and civil liberties organizations (the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation) are also in.

By Microsoft’s tally, 28 media and technology companies, 23 trade associations, and 35 computer scientists signed on to amicus briefs supporting the company’s court case. The count could change by the end of the day if organizations that haven’t given Microsoft a heads up file.

See below for the roster of Microsoft’s support among technology and media. The rest can be found in Microsoft’s full listing of the folks they expect to file.

Technology & Media Companies

ABC

Accenture

Advance Publications

Amazon

Apple

AT&T

BH Media Group

Cisco

CNN

eBay

The Daily Beast

Forbes

Fox News

Gannett

The Guardian

HP

Hearst

Infor

The McClatchy Company

National Public Radio

New York Daily News

Rackspace

Salesforce

Scripps

The Seattle Times

Tribune Media Company

The Washington Post

Verizon

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