A lot of people were saying a lot of things about the US SOPA legislation yesterday. 4.5m people signed Google‘s anti-SOPA petition, which was prominently linked from its homepage. Meanwhile Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke out against the legislation: “We can’t let poorly thought out laws get in the way of the internet’s development.” The Pirate Bay published its own anti-SOPA statement, including the promise that “SOPA can’t do anything to stop TPB”. Artists had their say too, though. Zoe Keating, Trent Reznor, MGMT, OK Go and Amanda Palmer were among the signatories of an open letter to Washington protesting against the bill. “Online piracy is harmful and it needs to be addressed, but not at the expense of censoring creativity, stifling innovation or preventing the creation of new, lawful digital distribution methods.” However, indie body A2IM criticised the polarisation of the debate: “Let’s have a debate that genuinely acknowledges that the voices within our joint communities are deep, broad and diverse and let’s all agree that doing nothing is not an option.”

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