by Mike Masnick

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artists, pipa, protect ip, sopa

fractured atlas

Largest Artist Community Group Comes Out Against SOPA & PIPA

from the protecting-the-artists? dept

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.

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    :Lobo Santo (profile), 12 Jan 2012 @ 2:20pm

    Re: Re: Right is Left, Black is White...

    "and you only get rewarded for doing the right thing, right?"
    In real life, people usually get chastised/fired/imprisoned/killed(/etc) for doing the right thing.

    For reference see:
    whistleblowing in general, wikileaks cables... I'm sure there's tons of other examples but no other come to mind (chime in, anybody?)

    Of course, the logical premise most twisted when justifying such punishment is: what is 'right'?

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