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Protect independent music and stand against SOPA/PIPA

Protect independent music and stand against SOPA/PIPA
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Update: SOPA and PIPA have been postponed indefinitely, according to Ars Technica. Please keep yourself informed as future proposed legislation seeks to address the problems of piracy and copyright infringement.

KDHX seeks to build community through media. Sharing of media. And we, like so many other organizations, are an important piece of the ecosystem of what we call independent media and independent music. These bills, as written, could force honest, artist-loving organizations that promote fresh and underexposed art and music to drastically limit what they feel comfortable publishing. These two bills are currently being debated in Congress and would govern the entire United States. Both are intended to combat piracy and protect intellectual property--a noble and important cause, but both, as written, pose serious threats to freedom of speech, fair use on the Internet, and even KDHX.org.

According to Google, Facebook, eBay and others:

"Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action, and technology mandates that would require monitoring of web sites.

Wired adds:

"Beyond damaging free speech and the internet, bills like SOPA and PIPA damage industry by reinforcing an untenable faith in the status quo, and an equally untenable fear of innovation. It reveals a mindset that continues to hold back media companies as they vie to compete on the new platforms that have already transformed their businesses, ready or not."

Every day, KDHX.org relies on the principles of fair use that power the World Wide Web and, ultimately, enrich the perspectives of our audience. SOPA/PIPA undermines those principles and could make it impossible for us and our online fans to create and share rich and meaningful content.

And good news via Mashable:

"Update 3:25 p.m.: Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a PIPA co-sponsor, and Arkansas Sen. John Boozman withdrew their support for the bill."

Stand with KDHX in making your voice heard about SOPA/PIPA.

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