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My letter to congress:
I am your constituent, and I urge you to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act.
I speak to you today as a part time musician. It’s not my day job or any real source of income for me, but every spare minute I have is dedicated to it. I rely on a free and open internet to provide me an independent, global voice. Without the tools and technological innovations that the internet has afforded me, I would be forced to use the channels of those lobbing for this bill to spread my video and audio content to a far reduced audience. This bill targets sites like Rapidshare and Megaupload, sites that I used to share rehearsal recordings and large files from studio sessions with my band. Youtube and Vimeo have allowed me to give away concert videos with fans around the world that will never get a chance to see us play live. And sites like Myspace and Facebook have allowed my band to book shows, tours, and form a community with like minded musicians and supporters. I met my band mates on Craigslist about six years ago, and we’ve gone from nothing to putting out music globally through a small label The Mylene Sheath, performing all through Los Angeles, and traveling on multiple short tours across the US. None of this would have happened without the online tools and services I described above.
There are millions of people like me, maybe billions. We’re not the people you hear on the radio, see in the art museum, or watch on television, but we create orders of magnitude more content. We fuel music instrument manufactures, corner art supply shops, media software manufactures, and internet start-ups. We feel the imperative to create because we have a voice online. It’s our chance to be heard and to connect. It is the greatest tool we have to change the world.
Please help us share our talents by opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act and the PROTECT IP Act.
* Yamaha music instruments had approximately $3.15 billion in sales in 2006. That doesn’t come from a handful of international superstars.