The Boston salsa community is one of the first victims of SOPA and PIPA.
I have just been asked by the owner of one of our salsa venues in Boston to remove my salsa videos from the venue from YouTube and my website, because of the threat of SOPA and PIPA. I think this is an overreaction since the bills haven’t actually passed yet, but I will comply with the owner’s wishes anyway.
We still have time to stop SOPA and PIPA from being passed into law. Already the bills are facing resistance from internet companies, congressman, and ordinary people like us. If SOPA and PIPA continue to make progress in Congress, I urge all of you to contact your congressmen and women and voice your opposition to SOPA and PIPA.
If you’re not a US citizen, urge your US friends to voice their opposition to the bills.
The salsa dance (and I would argue music) industry have benefited tremendously from the spread of salsa culture across the internet and around the world. The internet has helped make salsa dancing and latin music more popular in recent years. Everyone wins: professional salsa dancers who teach and perform, salsa musicians who get new music sales, club owners who host salsa nights, and all the dancers who go out to enjoy a night of dancing. All of this will suffer a great blow if SOPA and PIPA are allowed to pass.
You can learn more about SOPA from the TED Talk Why SOPA is a bad idea by Clay Shirky:
UPDATE 1/21/2012 1:08pm:
The Boston Salsa Scene has just received a request from another Boston salsa venue to remove any videos taken at the venue from YouTube and this website, for fear of SOPA/PIPA. The Boston Salsa Scene will comply with this request.