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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Dec 2011 @ 3:22pm

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    "If your site is legal, you don't have anything to worry about"

    That's the problem, any site that hosts a lot of content will inadvertently host some infringing content and hence be technically illegal. The whole intent of this law is to stop competition.

    Your argument is the same argument that can be used by collection societies that demand money, with lawsuit threats, from restaurants and other venues who want to host independent performers under the pretext that someone 'might' infringe. The result is that many venues stop hosting independent performers many whom won't play infringing content. The result is a reduction in competition and this is an intended result. Your analysis is wrong then and it's wrong now.

    Your argument is little different than the argument that the FCC granting broadcasting monopolies and the government granting cableco monopolies won't stop free speech because [...]. That argument turned out to be wrong, copy protection lengths are 95+ years long and yet the government established mainstream media doesn't wink an eye and, and as a result, many people are ignorant of laws that they would oppose had they been aware. Government established broadcasting monopolies have resulted in censorship galore. The result is that almost all content, outside the Internet, is sold at monopoly prices. Permissibly licensed content doesn't make it past government established monopoly gatekeeper distribution channels and the government grants a monopoly on both distribution (through broadcasting and cableco monopolies) and content (through copy protection laws) yet those who question this legislation would never have their views see the light of day outside the Internet.

    In fact, the government grants a monopoly on almost everything, from taxi cab monopolies to mailbox delivery monopolies to patents, yet most people are ignorant thanks to a self interested government established mainstream media cartel.

    Your wrong. These laws are not in the public interest just like 95+ copy protection lengths. The public doesn't want them, just like they don't want 95+ copy protection lengths. These laws are outrageous and are intended to result in the reduction of competition, just like so many other laws in this country does. Why should I believe otherwise? The government passes so many other anti-consumer anti-competitive laws so why should I believe that this law is any different? It's not. It's a selfish law that goes against the public interest just like the many many other laws that the government passes.

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