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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    TtfnJohn (profile), 13 Dec 2011 @ 9:21pm

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    Reread SOPA carefully. It only takes one such complaint to shut it down.

    As I run a church site, for example, that allows user content the parish, in theory could end up being accused of liability with a spurious complaint.

    I've already had one DCMA takedown notice which got responded to with " please note that a .ca site is Canada and as we are not covered under the DCMA my first impulse was to ignore this. On further investigation the material you are complaining about has the copyright of The Anglican Church of Canada on it and being an Anglican parish we have every right to use it with the blanket permission of the National Church. Please do not waste my time any further and please do your research properly. I can show you how if you wish. We'd want a substantial donation for that. In Christ. John Wilson"

    Maybe a bit snarky but it got the point across. Never heard another thing.

    But I don't want to have to monitor constantly because some people seem to feel that Canadians have some "moral" need or obligation to follow US laws in our own country. Not that some Canadians are any better.

    The moral is that it's not the big sites that will suffer because of the bills it's the smaller ones. The ones where interaction and creativity DO take place.

    It's the places that don't employ lawyers and watch every twitch on their sites 24 hours a day that'll suffer and vanish cause they just give up.

    But I guess that doesn't matter cause the bills will stop piracy, right? Or at least put a dent in it. So it's all worth it.

    They won't of course, far from it. They're unlikely to put so much as a dent in it.

    Remember to say hi to Santa Claus on the 24th. I'm sure you believe in him and the tooth fairy too.

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