News: Wale Weighs In On SOPA Dispute, "I Keep My Mouth Shut If I'm Not All The Way Knowing..." [Video]
Friday, Jan 27, 2012 4:30PM
Maybach Music Group's Wale recently gave his input on the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) being discussed by the government and admitted he is not fully up on the current debate.
Rather than weigh pros/cons, Wale analyzed the current method of putting out free tunes.
"I feel like the more I get involved in and the more I start thinking about stuff like that, the more I take away from the music," he continued. "So I just kind of let the world be the world, you know what I'm saying, and keep my mouth shut if I'm not all the way knowing exactly what's going on. I just know that I want to continue to make music and give it to people for free and then if it's good enough when it's time for it to be sold, that's where the support is. I'm a fan of the mode it is now. If we have to work harder than they did in the '90's, that's the price we pay." (Boi1daworld)
Last week, government officials decided to delay voting on SOPA in light of recent protests.
After Google and Wikipedia registered their disapproval over a pair of anti-piracy bills, dubbed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act), by blocking their sites for a day this week, congressional leaders backed away, throwing both into limbo. The Senate had been scheduled to vote next week on PIPA, but today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he was postponing the vote "in light of recent events." Meanwhile, the House said it is putting on hold SOPA, its version of the bill "until there is wider agreement on a solution," according to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith. The moves came after several lawmakers flipped their position on the bills in the wake of widespread online and offline protests. (HITS Daily Double)
The anti-piracy bills were slated to get voted on earlier this week.
Sites like Wikipedia, Reddit and Oh No They Didn't have gone dark in protest. Other sites, such as Google, continue to run today, but have blacked out their logo in support of stopping SOPA. The bill goes to the Senate on January 24, though the Internet blackout seems to have already influenced some members of Congress -- PIPA co-sponsor Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pulled his name from the bill Wednesday, a day after SOPA co-sponsor Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle pulled his name. Senators from Utah and Missori also announced that they would no longer be supporting the bill. (Idolator)
Hip-hop artists like B.o.B. and Kreayshawn have also voiced their stance on SOPA.
"#StopSOPA #STOPSOPA #stopsopa," she tweeted January 18th.
"Don't let the government take away our power to share art, music, creativity and individualism. #StopSOPA"
"Alot of you might be seeing this #SOPA thing and not understand it but watch this simple video and SPRED THE WORD!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rBiZC2gFoY8# !"
"#stopsopa don't let the Internet become a television." (Kreayshawn's Twitter)
Check out Wale's interview below: