SOPA is not censorship says RIAA Chief

March 2012

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

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