Fractured Atlas, which claims to be the
largest organization for artists, has come out strongly against SOPA/PIPA
. The group notes that, clearly, it's in favor of helping artists, but that these bills are the wrong way
to do so. It discusses both the problems with blocking, as well as the private right of action:
Fractured Atlas has the largest membership of any arts service organization in the country. As a non-profit, our raison d’etre is to support and assist the arts community in whatever ways we can. It should go without saying that we believe passionately in the importance of artists being paid for their work. We fundamentally believe in copyright and think it can and should be enforced. The problem is that these bills are the wrong way to do it.
The enforcement mechanisms in SOPA and Protect IP will have a dangerous, destabilizing effect on the technical fabric of the internet...
Yet, SOPA/PIPA supporters will continue to insist that they're doing this "for the artists"? Will Congress ever realize that the RIAA and MPAA don't represent artists
? They represent the big major labels and Hollywood studios, who spend an awful lot of effort to figure out ways not
to actually have to pay artists.