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Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go Rally Against SOPA

Written by Alex Langlands on January 20, 2012

In conjunction with the masses of websites shutting down yesterday to protest against SOPA, a vast array of both industry professionals and artist heavyweights have spoken out about the Act. A letter that was posted to US Congress, signed by Trent Reznor, Amanda Palmer, OK Go, producer Hank Shocklee, comedian Aziz Ansari, author Neil Gaiman, and filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman expresses their concern about allowing the Government and corporations to shut down web addresses that contain copyright infringements.

An excerpt from the letter states;

“As creative professionals, we experience copyright infringement on a very personal level. Commercial piracy is deeply unfair and pervasive leaks of unreleased films and music regularly interfere with the integrity of our creations. We are grateful for the measures policymakers have enacted to protect our works.

We, along with the rest of society, have benefited immensely from a free and open Internet. 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.”

If the bill will be passed or not, that is yet to be known, only time will tell.

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