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    joe shikspack

    Makes me laugh and cringe at the same time. I got an MP3 player a few years back (finally), but I use it seldom. Very often when I'm out and about and I want to listen to music, I kick it old school and start singing. It would be really depressing getting arrested for singing a song in public. Though you may well be right that that's the direction we're headed in. Under SOPA it would have been illegal to record yourself singing a cover of an already existing song (the anti-SOPA campaign famously made the case that Justin Bieber would be thrown in prison as a result). In a decade or so it might get to the point that someone would get arrested for singing a cover of a song in public... particularly if it were their source of income and they were accepting donations.

    That would be really fucking depressing. At least one singer/musician I follow got her start singing and playing guitar in subway stations. I have no idea if she was doing all original work, or if she included some covers back when she was starting out, but either way, it wouldn't be a very friendly environment for her and people like her who are trying to get their start in music.

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