Even after yesterday’s high-profile protests from Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, and Tumblr, and even after many of the two bills’ initial architects are withdrawing support, debate still rages over SOPA and PIPA, the two invasive internet-piracy bills currently facing Congress. And now a number of popular artists have signed an open letter to Congress, which comes out strongly against both bills.
Trent Reznor, MGMT, the Lonely Island, Aziz Ansari, Amanda Palmer, OK Go, Nada Surf’s Daniel Lorca, and Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee are among those who have signed the letter. In its text, the letter acknowledges the harmfulness of internet piracy but also details the ways that the bills would destroy legitimate internet usage: “We fear that the broad new enforcement powers provided under SOPA and PIPA could be easily abused against legitimate services like those upon which we depend. These bills would allow entire websites to be blocked without due process, causing collateral damage to the legitimate users of the same services – artists and creators like us who would be censored as a result.”