Rupert Murdoch Personally Lobbies Congress For SOPA And PROTECT IP

from the wouldn't-he-just-love-that? dept

Well, well. Apparently dealing with the fallout from the News of the World reporters hacking into phones in the UK isn't keeping Rupert Murdoch busy enough. He showed up in DC last week to make a personal plea to Congress to support SOPA and PIPA and censor the internet. It's been clear for quite some time that Rupert Murdoch doesn't get the internet. His history is littered with massive and expensive internet failures. So it's no surprise that he's lobbying hard for a law like SOPA and PIPA, which will restrict up and coming online competitors and help clear out some of the field so that maybe he and his son James can finally get their wish to turn the internet into something that looks a lot more like TV: with the big media conglomerates delivering the content, and everyone else just consuming (and paying for) it.

Filed Under: copyright, lobbying, pipa, protect ip, rupert murdoch, sopa
Companies: news corp.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Dec 2011 @ 5:46am

    Not a good idea Murdoch, when you run such a polarizing news network like Fox News you're bound to have people abuse the law to fight back at your perceived propaganda network. It wouldn't be too difficult for me to see the following abuse of SOPA happening.

    1) Daily Kos or some other liberal blog posts something outrageous, hoping one of Fox News talking heads covers it.

    2) One of Fox News talking heads covers liberal blog's story, mainly to heavily criticize liberal blog for saying such an outrageous thing and to paint them as unamerican.

    3) Fox News publishes a story of their criticism on the Internet, and a video of their talking heads talking about the story published on liberal blog.

    4) The liberal blog goes to ad companies and demands they cease all ad revenue to Fox News & other news groups owned by Murdoch for copyright violation.

    5) Other liberal blogs realize that SOPA is a great way to fight Fox News and other Murdoch owned news groups, and start doing the same thing, or just issuing baseless demands to ad companies to cease all ad revenue as soon as the previous one is lifted.

    6) Conservative blogs decide to retaliate by doing the same thing to every news company that's not owned by Murdoch, since Fox News is the only news station most conservatives listen to.

    7) Everyone loses, just about every media group loses a lot of ad revenue money by being labeled too liberal or too conservative by one political group or another.

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