While lawmakers in Washington D.C. pulled back on SOPA and PIPA, laws aimed at curtailing online piracy, a Metroplex resident has created a website where people could download music for free and legally.
Robert Dede is a computer programmer who worked on tools used with Microsoft Windows, but lately he sounded more like a music producer.
Dede is the founder of PumpYouUp.com, a website where small, independent techno, house and electronic music artists could showcase their talents for free.
“I found out that there was a huge number of people that were writing music like I had done back in the ‘80s and it had just exploded,” said Dede.
In 1987, Dede was making music while at the same time learning computer code. Now, he’s combined his two passions.
“I wrote a few songs. I searched and got some music, some artists, and by Halloween I got my first collection out,” he said.
While headlines talked about SOPA and PIPA and online piracy, Dede created a music website that’s 100 percent legal.
“My stuff is so legal that it’s not a concern. I vet the artists. There is nothing shady going on,” Dede told CW 33 News.
Downloads to the website are safe and virus free.
“It just scared me, big time, because my computers are my business and I don’t like even a hint of possibly getting something, malware on my computers,” said Dede.
Dede has exposed artists to the world that might otherwise have been recognized.
“It makes them feel good to know that their music is on the site and other people are listening to it,” he said.
Dede said his website was just in an infant stage and that one day he’d find a way to tap into the money making potential of the site.