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 @ 5:49am

    Re: Rupert is stupid

    I'll tell you why he wants SOPA.

    Back in the day, you only had a handful of sources of news: newspaper, radio, television, magazines...Your knowledge of the world was limited to what a few people wanted you to experience. This was great for those people: they could lie to you all they wanted. How would you do fact-checking? Most of the times that would require you to travel across the globe...

    With the arrival of the Internet, that has changed. Now any kid can be a reporter: all he needs is guts and an Internet connection. Gather enough "kids", and you can cover most of the world news, and reach a population of Billions instantly.

    This scares the old gatekeepers. They are scared of things like wikileaks. They are scared of things like Techdirt, or basically any site where Intelligent people can gather and discuss world issues.

    Rupert Murdoch wants SOPA because he wants the old ways back. He wants to be in control, and SOPA could give him that.

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