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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    John Doe, 12 Dec 2011 @ 7:44am

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    say like sites owned by the "users" who generate the content

    You sir, have hit the nail on the head as to what SOPA is really all about. Problem is, will a music blog/video site allow me to post videos of my RC airplane doing maneuvers? Will it allow me to post videos of my niece singing in her Christmas play? What, a music blog won't allow non-music videos? Or videos with music it doesn't own? So now I have to post my niece singing on the right label owned site? But then they will not post it because I don't have it licensed even though my niece singing in a play should be fair use. Not to mention the fracturing of the web because you have to figure out what site to post your video on.

    Oh, and the RC plane video could get me thrown in jail or an RC plane video site shutdown because I happened to show the plane doing stunts to dubbed in music. What site could afford to take that risk? Fair use or not, no way to risk getting your ad revenue shut down. But then again, there will be no ad revenue because there will be no site.

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