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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    JarHead, 12 Dec 2011 @ 6:24am

    Re: And Google has failed at times too! It's called experiment.

    Let me get this straight, your argument is cos Google and their ads are getting more intrusive, people will block it, hence ads couldn't be delivered to users, then internet monetizing scheme collapse?

    AFAIK advertisement is only one business on the net. There are others, like stores offering digital goods and cloud services. So if the advertisement industry do fall down, it doesn't necessarily bring the entire internet monetizing scheme down with it.

    More over, today the software vendors like to use "online activation", or DRM if you like, not to mention delivering update patches to their products to the user. This make the user have to weigh in the pro and cons of having insulate his/her devices like that.

    So, for your scenario to play out, if we thought for the moment the advertisement industry is the whole net industry, everyone needs to use "pirated" copies (circumventing the DRM) and forgo vendor's auto update, or everyone migrate to the open source variant. I for one have a hard time imagining the feasibility of the 2nd option especially for business/enterprise level users. That leaves the 1st option, everyone is or will be a freetard.

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