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jason on 01/18/2012 at 03:00AM

Free Music Archive Is Still Online. Let's Keep It That Way.

You may have noticed that, is still accessible.  We'd prefer to stay online even as we stand with the 7000+ sites who are voluntarily blacked out to send a message to the U.S. Congress.  It's unclear whether the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) could actually stop online piracy, but it's clear that these proposed laws would threaten a lot of healthy online activity -- including those that support independent artists.

SOPA and PIPA would give the mainstream entertainment industry new powers to shut down websites that threaten their established way of doing business.  No due process necessary; just add a site to their blacklist, and service providers' arms would be twisted into actively monitoring and censoring independent voices.

The web provides access to media that was once shut out by narrow industry bottlenecks.  Here at the FMA, we're proud to see so many artists, curators, and producers working together to reach new audiences through open sharing.  It may seem that the web was designed to allow for these types of exchanges, but as with every new mode of communication from the telephone to radio to cable television, eventually The Man steps in to seize control.  Is the internet any different?  That's what's up in the air right now.

US people: click here to let your reps know how you feel about internet censorship.

Read up at EFF  +  Public Knowledge  +  Wikipedia  +  Future of Music Coalition  +  Creative Commons  +  Center for Democracy & Technology  +  Google + thousands of other websites + what a fun day to be alive and online + read SOPA and PIPA

PS If you're not one of the two million people to have already watched it, check out this Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike video by Kirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix) / Fight for the Future featuring CC music shared alike by YACHT, Broke For Free and Windom Earle.



AbeSomething on 01/18/12 at 02:05PM
That second paragraph is the most direct and powerful piece of writing I've read on SOPA/PIPA. Well done, Jason.

Anyone who hasn't heard/were unaware of your talk with Joe Karaganis regarding his report on the actual reach and effect of online piracy should check it out here,
jason on 01/19/12 at 01:40AM
thanks Abe!

A lot of inspiring stuff on the web about SOPA / PIPA today, like this epic 'debate'

wondering what people are enjoying the most about sopastrike day?
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