SOPA And PIPA: Musicians Value Freedom Over Dollars
With many major websites going into blackout yesterday, it is unsurprising that a number of musicians have also been speaking their minds about the proposed legislation.
Posted on Jan 19, 2012 02:50 pm
With many major websites going into blackout yesterday over the proposed SOPA and PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect Intellectual Property Act) bills that are currently making their way through US Congress, it is perhaps unsurprising that a number of musicians have also been speaking their minds about the proposed legislation in the past 24 hours.
According to Spinner.com, Trent Reznor,MGMT,Nada Surf's Daniel Lorca,OK Go,Amanda Palmer, Erin McKeown and theLonely Island, the comedic band fronted by 'Saturday Night Live'sAndy Samberg, posted an open letter yesterday stating their opposition to PIPA and SOPA.
"We, along with the rest of society, have benefited immensely from a free and open Internet," the letter says. "It allows us to connect with our fans and reach new audiences. Using social media services like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, we can communicate directly with millions of fans and interact with them in ways that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago."
Meanwhile, acts such as Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Disturbed and The Roots have vocalised their opposition to the bills via twitter and their official websites.
Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe has been particularly vocal about the bills, telling Noisecreep that he would rather starve than benefit from SOPA or PIPA:
"I would rather starve. I've been poor plenty of times. I was poor for a long, long time in this band, literally homeless at times. I'm not particularly worried about getting rich, that's not why I do this. I make a good living, a lot of people don't. I'm not a millionaire, but I'm quite comfortable now after 16 years of being in this band.
"To tell you the truth if this SOPA thing went through at first it would probably be a huge economic boom to myself personally and I could take that money and be set... until they'd figure out another way to leak music.
"And yes, I would make more money, this is true. And yes, I think it sucks that people steal music. And that's what I call it. Not copyright infringement, not piracy, it's f--king stealing. That sucks. That being said, I just don't want the government or corporations to have more control than they already do. To me it's ridiculous and a very easy choice... Would I like to live comfortably in a nice house as an indentured servant or would I like to live in the ghetto as a free man? I'll take the ghetto any day."