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Rupert Murdoch attacks morality of Stop Online Piracy Act

by | 15th, January 2012

RUPERT Murdoch has used his new Twitter account to slam the White House and Google over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)  the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA?) and the Online Protection and Digital ENforcement Act (OPEN). (Is the acronym decided upon before the words that explain it?)

Murdoch says Google of a friend to the film pirates, calling the web giant a “piracy leader”.

Murdoch tweeted about his online search for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol:

“Google great company doing many exciting things. Only one complaint, and it’s important. Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case.”

Earlier Murdoch tweeted:

* “So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery”

* “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.”

Pirates, eh. Not a bit like phone hackers.

The White House said:

“While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet.” 

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, said:

After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision. We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to U.S. consumers.”

Meanwhile, a war over oil simmers in post-Saddam Iraq and the Leveson Inquiry continues to story media ethics…

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