Trivium, Disturbed, Ex-GN’R Members Discuss SOPA Bill
The US government’s plans to introduce a new bill to fight against illegal file sharing and music piracy has prompted mass reactions across the globe, and some of rock and heavy metal’s biggest hitters have shared their thoughts on the issue.
Trivium’s Matt Heafy, Disturbed’s David Draiman and former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan are just some of the names that have weighed in on the controversial new anti-piracy bill that is set to be voted on imminently and could change the face of online interaction as we know it.
SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (the Protect Intellectual Property Act) are aimed at restricting filesharing and online piracy, enabling court orders to be taken against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement and even blocking off certain websites entirely from search engines and Internet Service Provides.
This past week has seen the likes of Wikipedia and online heavy metal encyclopaedia Metal Archives shut down for 24 hours in protest, while the imprisonment of the founders of file-sharing site Piratebay and shutting down of Megaupload has sparked controversy amongst many critics of the bill.
“SOPA is an explosive-device tucked between the legs of a smiling, waving businessman in a teddy-bear costume, asking if you want a Popsicle out of his cellar,” says Trivium frontman Matt Heafy in a new blog.
“This bill, if passed — would set our forward-thinking country back into the informational dark ages. This country was founded on escaping from persecution of what we were ‘supposed’ to live like – to be free to do what we want to do in the pursuit of happiness and longevity in life. SOPA would fling the USA into a digital online backwater overlorded style-controlled society, potentially creating a situation where regulations tell us what we can say and do. Controlling what we learn and say. ”
“I am against SOPA and PIPA because they limit people’s freedom of expression and freedom of speech, not because they are trying to protect the rights of artists everywhere,” adds David Draiman of Disturbed. “I truly do hope that they re-write the legislation and get it right this time so that the music consumer can continue to have access to the music they love, at a reasonable cost, legally; and without censorship and restricting people’s freedom.”
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan takes a different stance in his own blog, noting; “when I turned to the Twitter and Facebook, I saw an overwhelming dog pile of support against the bills. Excuse me, but where were you all when piracy started to decimate the music industry? Why didn’t you take a stand against that? Those free records felt good, huh?
“Why didn’t Google, or Facebook, or Wikipedia ever stand in solidarity with musicians, actors, and writers — most of whom have never known fame and fortune — as their works were stolen with no recourse on their sites?”
What are your thoughts on the bill? Does music piracy need to be monitored more closely, or is there a real danger of this being a step towards an Internet “Nanny State”? Let us know what you think over on our Facebook or Twitter…no honestly, go on.