Popular Free Beats Website Shadowville.com Joins PIPA/SOPA Blackout
Shadowville is the world’s most visited website for original free beats in hip hop, pop, dance, and R&B. It is joining the Anti-SOPA/PIPA movement by participating in Wednesday January 18th’s website access blackout.
NEW YORK, Jan 17 - Shadowville.com, a well known provider of music instrumentals for free and for purchase, announced today that it will be joining sites like Wikipedia and Reddit in the SOPA Black Out movement as part of its effort to increase public awareness about PIPA/SOPA’s damaging effects on the music industry. On Wednesday, January 18, Shadowville’s website will be disabling access to free downloads of its music library for 24 hours.
SOPA is a controversial piece of legislation from the US House of Representatives that stands for “Stop Online Piracy Act” but is claimed to have the potential for significant abuse by corporations and the government, and could possibly uproot the foundations of the internet. Although the act was recently shelved due to widespread opposition, a sister bill called PIPA, or the Protect-IP Act, remains active in the US Senate.
Shadowville, the internet’s most visited beat website for original instrumentals in hip hop, pop, dance, and R&B genres, stated on their Facebook page that they intend to “educate [its] users about SOPA’s detrimental effects, and to encourage users to also protest against SOPA”. Response has been fairly supportive by its users as they seem to agree with the effects that PIPA/SOPA may cause.
Billy Li, founder and CEO of Shadowville, also commented, “Lots of our production contain samples. But this is a creative technique that has existed since the origins of hip hop. With SOPA or PIPA, anyone would have an excuse to shutdown [Shadowville], even though we already comply with DMCA takedown requests and fully respect copyright law”. He goes on to further claim that antagonists or competitors, in the similar fashion of patent trolls, would have the opportunity to shutdown any site and force that site to appeal in the court of law -- all in order to strategically bankrupt that site or company.
According to Shadowville’s Anti-SOPA Initiative page, these acts would negatively impact the freedom in creativity of all artists and musicians. The website is encouraging users to contact their local representatives and to write to Congress to fight against PIPA and SOPA.
Established June 2006, Shadowville.com is both a community driven music entertainment website and a place to downloads beats fore free as well as to buy licenses to beats. The website was born through Shadowville Productions, a music production team that provides original hip-hop instrumentals for artists or companies in need of beats. It currently is the most visited beat website on the internet.
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