Internet, record labels

Cary Sherman boss of the Recording Industry Association Of America has hit out at Wikipedia and its allies with a response in the New York Times to last month’s day of protests against the proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills saying that the campaign was founded on a number of ‘mistruths’ and “Since when is it censorship to shut down an operation that an American court, upon a thorough review of evidence, has determined to be illegal? When the police close down a store fencing stolen goods, it isn’t censorship, but when those stolen goods are fenced online, it is? Wikipedia, Google and others manufactured controversy by unfairly equating SOPA with censorship”.

A recent Columbia University survey found, in fact, that 70 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said they had bought, copied or downloaded unauthorized music, TV shows or movies, compared with 46 percent of all adults who’d done the same.

CMU Daily 9th February 2012