Murdoch slams White House over SOPA in Twitter row

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    Rupert Murdoch has posted a series of rants on Twitter, accusing the White House of bowing to lobbying pressure over its lack of support for the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

    “So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery,” he posted on his recently-started Twitter account. “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.”

    Murdoch, who is currently under investigation in the UK over phone hacking by his newspapers, is a longtime critic of what he sees as Google's role in enabling piracy. However, for a man made infamous by the extent to which politicians would go to woo him for the support of his media empire, this complaining about corporate influence in politics may strike some as a bit rich.

    The octogenarian mogul seems to have been inspired to rant after the White House issued a response to an online petition over the forthcoming SOPA legislation, the PROTECT IP Act and the Online Protection and Digital ENforcement Act (OPEN). The statement said that the White House couldn’t support the current legislation as it would interfere with the use of the DNS architecture which underlies most current internet use.

    “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,” the statement reads.

    The White House position was released shortly after one of SOPA’s sponsors, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, announced the scale of the legislation will be scaled back and provisions for DNS blocking would be removed from the legislation.

    “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,” he said in a statement.

    The weekend’s changes seem to indicate that the tide is turning against this latest round of technology legislation. After a deafening silence on behalf of the media over the legislation, a chorus of political and academic concerns has been raised and protests will move online next week. Reddit has announced it will go dark on Wednesday in protest, and Wikipedia might follow suit.



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    Well, that's real mature, right?
     
  2. xxNathanxx

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    Senile fool.
     
  3. emigre

    emigre Has complex motives

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    Murdoch truly represents the worst of society. He's a corrupt creature who has bought political favors throughout his life.
     
  4. chrisrlink

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    we are slowly winning i guess DNS blocking is off the table btw he is a crook himself who would listen to him after the cell phone hacking scandal?
     
  5. Valwin

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    what a face
     
  6. Jennyfurr

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    I'm surprised he can even use the internet, being an ancient idiot.
     
  7. rehevkor

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    An evil manipulative man willing to do anything for money he may be, but an idiot? Please.
     
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  8. purechaos996

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    I'm just going to wait until we get a follow up news post saying someone hacked his account to post something against SOPA or anything else really.
     
  9. granville

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    The first thing that sprang to mind was the trollface, only frowning instead of smiling-
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  10. Jennyfurr

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    Well I guess I don't mean it literally ;P I just think it's crazy the things he does for money
     
  11. Uncle FEFL

    Uncle FEFL OBJECTION!

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    If there was ever a man to have disdain in the highest degree for...he's definitely one of them. The stance he has on this issue is unsurprising.
     
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  12. Quietlyawesome94

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    On another note, this guy is one of the biggest producers of Pornography, and owner of Fox news. What a fool. This guy's business could be affected by this bill. :glare:
     
  13. M[u]ddy

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    So the White House should not bow to lobbying pressure, by bowing to lobbying pressure?
    Sound perfectly reasonable.

    It's also funny how he accuses Google of enabling piracy, when the music industry was distributing the actual piracy tools.
     
  14. Zerosuit connor

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    Anyway, SOPA is incredibally stupid, if this passes it will influence EVERYONE in the world, SOPA is an international thing as most major sites are hosted on American servers, and nowdays the word internet means piracy. I can honestly say I have downloaded my fair share of anime. We all use the internet for downloads, and thats why the incredibally stupid American government have had to go this far.
     
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    They need to make this guy a character on Fallout. He would fit right in.
     
  17. Tanas

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    Obviously he doesn't think that Fox News are doing a good enough job.
     
  18. Kiaku

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    Lol. Watch Twitter decides to go dark too.
    Murdoch gets owned. Now he can't tweet his bullshit.
     
  19. Jamstruth

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    Ahh yes. Nothing pisses off a copyright mogul like equal competition.
    There was millions poured into lobbying for SOPA but when there's millions poured against it suddenly its unfair and undiplomatic. Nice to see where the line is.
     
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    Coming from a guy who is going to spend the rest of his living life behind bars, it's rather hilarious. What a tool!