Yesterday, we participated in and endorsed a full, 24-hour SOPA blackout because the future of the music industry lies in new media, not old. Social media and content sharing have already changed the entertainment industry forever. Putting the power of censorship in the hands of the government to protect the interests of a single industry– whose own refusal to evolve already stifles innovation– now threatens the internet as we know it on a fundamental level. Quite frankly, it is evolve or die time for the entertainment industry and we refuse to be held back by their inadequacies.
They have no choice but to transition into modern content models, such as Spotify’s philosophy of “access over ownership,” because the only way to beat piracy is to render it irrelevant. The internet is built on freedom of information and as yesterday’s blackout and its immediate effect on congress have shown, we simply will not allow bills like SOPA/PIPA to pass. The old guard is rushing to hastily push anything through they can to get a grip on a new world they do not understand, but the transition of power has already begun. We are The Generation now, and we’ll be building the modern, free world as just that– modern and free.