January 2012 Archives

Where did openmikes.org go yesterday?

If you visited openmikes.org on March 18, 2012 (just barely yesterday in my time zone, as I write this), you noticed that the site was missing. Unless openmikes.org is the only site you visited that day, you are probably aware that this was not an isolated incident. Wikipedia, Boing Boing and numerous others went “dark” to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills being considered by the US Congress.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but this site reaches more people in a day than my personal blog does in a month. Far more. If I was going to make a point, this was the place.

As a musician, a songwriter, a creator of works I do want protected… SOPA isn’t the way to do it.

I heartily recommend reading this interview with publisher Tim O’Reilly for an excellent explanation of what SOPA is, and why it’s more dangerous than any problem it would allegedly solve.

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