Playlistin': 5 Anti-Censorship Songs

You might have seen the hashtag #SOPA and #StopSOPA hitting the Internet for the past few days. Or, maybe you noticed high-traffic websites like Wikipedia and Tumblr blacking out the use of their sites for a day. Just why is this protest going on, and what does SOPA stand for? The Stop Online Piracy Act, a law proposed by the US in 2011, has good intentions: they want to stop the act of piracy on the Internet (downloading illegal files like music and movies). However, they would have to censor giant search engines from accessing certain sites, and essentially have a grasp on the web where they're always watching. The act of censorship is nothing new, so we thought we'd turn to lyrics from some of the world's biggest artists regarding the control of media:

5. N.W.A. - F**k The Police

"Lights start flashin' behind me / But they're scared of a n***a so they mace me to blind me / But that sh*t don't work, I just laugh / Because it gives 'em a hint not to step in my path"

4. Jay-Z - 99 Problems

"If you don't like my lyrics, you can press fast forward / Got beef with radio if I don't play they show / They don't play my hits, well I don't give a sh*t, so"

3. The Ramones - Censorsh*t

"Freedom of choice needs a stronger, stronger voice / You can stamp out the source, but you can't stop creative thoughts"

2. Dixie Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

"It's too late to make it right / I probably wouldn't if I could / 'Cause I'm mad as hell, can't bring myself / To do what it is you think I should "

1. Public Enemy - Fight The Power

"Our freedom of speech is freedom or death / We've got to fight the powers that be / Lemme hear you say / Fight the power"

If you'd like more information on SOPA, read all about it on its Wikipedia page...while it remains active, that is!

- AH, AL & SJ