As US corporate interests lobby for executive powers to censor the internet with the two laws Protect-ip and SOPA, a number of music artists such as Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Macy Gray, P Diddy, Will i am, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, the Game and Mary J Blige released a song in support of Megaupload, a site which was censored using the new powers of DNS blocking.
Rather interestingly, this video was then blocked as well.
Megaupload said it will sue Universal for the blocking, which featured the artists supporting Megaupload pledging their support. To make matters worse, the news on this was provided by Torrentfreak – a news site for illegal peer-to-peer software (P2P) which was crusaded against by the liks of Metallica and Madonna some years ago in a rally against online piracy.
However, apart from The Granuad,the mainstream media appear to have left this news item off their radar.
As far as we consumers know, if an artist produces more creative material, it’s a good thing. Unfortunately, the powers that be do not want to had over any ‘profit’ to such grassroots causes without an underlying corporate structure designed to maximise profits (especially in such troubled times). As the Artist only knows too well, the corporate structure does not help the artist create music. At any rate, it’s good to see prominent public figures picking sides and speaking out to join in the good fight against corporate greed and censorship.