"Obama Girl" Team Creates Anti-SOPA Music Video
BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, December 20 2011
Back in 2007, Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Leah Kauffman burst into view online when she and her friend Ben Relles of Barely Political released "Crush on Obama," the saucy YouTube video featuring Kauffman's voice and lyrics, and model Amber Lee Ettinger as "Obama Girl."
Now she and Relles have teamed up to take aim at the House Judiciary Committee's Stop Online Piracy Act and its companion bill in the Senate the Protect IP Act.
The new anti-SOPA joint puts the Internet-content sector's concerns to an eighties pop tune.
"I wrote this song because these Internet censorship bills are issues that I feel very strongly about," Kauffman told techPresident in an e-mail. "I was excited to do the project, and found some friends to help with music and video production who were also concerned about the impact of SOPA/Protect IP."
Relles is now head of creative development at YouTube, but Kauffman says that she wasn't commissioned by anyone to create her latest video.
They aren't the only ones producing video related to SOPA and PROTECT IP, which will be taken up in the House and Senate respectively next year; the Hollywood-backed group pushing for the bills, Creative America, is also out with a video.
Kauffman released her video last Friday. So far it's racked up more than 14,000 views. You can watch it for yourself below:
And here's Creative America's: