Let me make this clear. The federal government DOES NOT GIVE A SHIT about protecting copyrighted material on the internet. If they did Youtube would have been shut down years ago. They ARE PAID MILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY LOBBYISTS to protect the interests of their clients (clients here being movie and music industry heavyweights). I find it very ironic that the these industries exploit the artist for their financial gain then turn around and blame a blogger for posting this artist's work on the internet. A majority of artists benefit from the exposure they receive from music blogs. There are a myriad of artists who only receive wider distribution through the word of mouth hype that these increasingly influential blogs provide them. Some record labels may cry foul but most smaller independent labels are also happy to have these additional marketing avenues. Additionally, a majority of music made available through on-line sites are out of print, forever unavailable to the listening public, but get a second life through the work of these blogs, who happen to be run by music lovers, not money-grubbing leeches seeking only to exploit the artists' talents for their own benefit.
After SOPA and PIPA got two giant thumbs down from the American public, the FBI, at the government's whim, embarked on a campaign of harassment against individual blogs who have posted content to Megaupload, the site that was originally targeted after the Stop On-line Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Acts (PIPA) took said whipping from the American public, by doing the political equivalent of a "3 year old throwing a temper tantrum when they don't get the piece of candy they want". Many wonderful blogs are being unfairly targeted, including one of my all-time favorites Holy Warbles. You can read more about that blog below.
These are some of the main supporters of this ill-thought out legislation: The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Directors Guild of America, the American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the Screen Actors Guild, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Songwriters Guild of America, Viacom, Institute for Policy Innovation, Macmillan Publishers, Acushnet Company, Recording Industry Association of America, Copyright Alliance , NBCUniversal, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, Revlon, NBA, MacMillan US, Nike, and L'Oreal.
I'm not going to tell you what to do, but the best way to show your disapproval with these companies/organizations/corporations is to hit them in the only place they care about, their wallets! You can also voice your displeasure at the voting booth.
Ultimately, this has been a divisive issue. Buy Your Record? would like to know what you think about it.