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RIAA CEO Hopes SOPA Protests Were a "One-Time Thing"

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the wishful-thinking dept.

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hapworth writes "After posting a controversial op-ed in The New York Times saying Wikipedia and Google 'misinformed' the public about SOPA and PIPA, Cary Sherman, CEO of the RIAA said in an interview yesterday that he hopes the SOPA protests were a 'one-time experience.' He also said that Wikipedia and Google users were duped into thinking SOPA was a bad bill because they assume "if it comes from these sources, it must be true." In another hilarious comment, Sherman blames the Internet for making it impossible for Congress to get out its side of the story, and for not spreading information with the same 'clarity and integrity' of broadcast journalists."

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One time experience? (5, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215231)

That's easy enough to accomodate. Stop pressing for draconian censorship legislation and this will never happen again.

Re:One time experience? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215247)

I hate niggers.

Re:One time experience? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215637)

I'm sure they hate you too.

Re:One time experience? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215687)

We're talking about Jews, here—there's a difference: One takes things out of your house but the other takes you out of your house.

Re:One time experience? (4, Insightful)

Moryath (553296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215249)

We're talking about Cary Sherman and the RIAA here.

What was it Mad-Eye Moody was saying during D-A-D-A classes? Oh yeah - CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

Re:One time experience? (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215511)

We're talking about Cary Sherman and the RIAA here.

What was it Mad-Eye Moody was saying during D-A-D-A classes? Oh yeah - CONSTANT VIGILANCE.

You mean the Death Eater impersonating Mad-Eye? He never taught the class.

Re:One time experience? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215807)

I wish Fake Moody would have demonstrated Crucio/Avada Kedavra on Cary Sherman and his ilk instead of poor innocent spiders.

Re:One time experience? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215337)

this

Re:One time experience? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215355)

Yeah, I was just gonna say the same thing. Stop pushing for this bullcrap, and we won't need to protest it.

But as long as they insist on trying to make these damaging changes, we're gonna squawk, every time.

Re:One time experience? (2)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215375)

I have a strong feeling that once word gets out of these comments, any website affiliated with the RIAA is gonna have a little "encounter" with Anon. also, inb4 Cary's personal info is leaked to the web.

Re:One time experience? (4, Interesting)

nhstar (452291) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215591)

Sadly, you may be right... but fighting for the freedom to speak by forcefully shutting down someone else's ability to speak (a la Anon.)..? Is that the right answer? I think that it happened to work out well last time without having to run around in a nerd-skills pissing contest.

I agree with the message, just not the methods.

Re:One time experience? (4, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215633)

but fighting for the freedom to speak by forcefully shutting down someone else's ability to speak (a la Anon.)..? Is that the right answer?

It beats ighting for the freedom to speak by forcefully shutting down someone else's ability to live, like our founding fathers did.

Re:One time experience? (0)

nhstar (452291) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215791)

The symantics behind this are a little off... we fought with soldiers against soldiers... we did not destroy England to do so.

Now, Japan/Germany on the other hand...

Still, I don't agree with those methods either.

(poor sense of humor, but still...)

Re:One time experience? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215477)

Oh, it'll go through. It's just a matter of time. Like any bad law, they can just keep bringing it up again and again and again and again, a hundred times a year if they want. All they need is one single success, and then it's too late to go back ever again. They just need to wear people down until it can juuuuuuust slide through people's defenses, and then it's over and done with.

Remember... a thousand failures and a single success is still fully successful.

Re:One time experience? (5, Interesting)

s.petry (762400) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215601)

Or they will do like they did with the US Armed forces now being able to detain without trial or cause any American citizen. It was hidden in a "Defense Spending" Bill, and Obama signed it on 12/31/11 when the rest of the US was out getting drunk.

Re:One time experience? (3, Interesting)

honestmonkey (819408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215639)

True dat. I mean, that's what he says. He hopes that "the internet" doesn't protest next time. There is going to be a next time. They will couch it differently, it's saving children or penguins or cats or something, and oh, yeah, by the way, we can send you to Gitmo for "illegally" downloading. Okay, not Gitmo, just a fine of 3 times your salary. Okay, okay, just one times your salary. See, we're reasonable.

Re:One time experience? (5, Insightful)

Raved Thrad (1864414) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215737)

I read this as corporate-idiotese for "Goddamn you pirate fuckers! Do you have any idea how much money we blew blowing the lawmakers? You bastards owe us for the money we spent, not to mention all the money piracy is still costing us, so you all need to shut up and stop trying to kill our failed business model!"

Nope.avi (5, Insightful)

Alunral (2477578) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215251)

Sorry, Mr RIAA CEO, it wasn't a one time deal. As long as you morons try passing this crap, we'll keep protesting. And the protests will only get bigger and bigger.

Re:Nope.avi (5, Insightful)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215283)

Sorry, Mr RIAA CEO, it wasn't a one time deal. As long as you morons try passing this crap, we'll keep protesting. And the protests will only get bigger and bigger.

I so hope you are correct. Sadly that does not seem to be how these things traditionally work. They keep making slight changes and resubmitting them over and over until the public becomes apathetic and finally passing it.

Re:Nope.avi (4, Interesting)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215315)

I so hope you are correct. Sadly that does not seem to be how these things traditionally work.

Remember the Blue Ribbon campaign in the early years of the web? The SOPA protest was essentially the latest version of that strategy, where content providers across the web banded together against Hollywood's lobbies.

So yeah, I'd say there's a pretty good chance we'll be protesting again next time. (And there will always be a next time.)

Re:Nope.avi (2)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215577)

Sorry, Mr RIAA CEO, it wasn't a one time deal. As long as you morons try passing this crap, we'll keep protesting. And the protests will only get bigger and bigger

I so hope you are correct. Sadly that does not seem to be how these things traditionally work. They keep making slight changes and resubmitting them over and over until the public becomes apathetic and finally passing it

Or worse !

They could have hired a skilled FUD expert from Microsoft to replace that dumbfuck Cary Sherman as CEO of MAFIAA

Through carefully placements of artfully crafted FUDs that guy (or gal) would be able to assemble tons of MAFIAA fanbois to spread whatever of his "gospel truths" to the world !

Re:Nope.avi (5, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215677)

Honestly, his statements sound like they belong in an Onion article.

"Daryl Gates Hopes L.A. Riots Were a One-Time Thing, Eager to Resume Beating Black People"

Funny... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215255)

Thats funny... I was hoping SOPA was the one time thing.

Re:Funny... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215551)

It was, next time it will have a brand new name!

Re:Funny... (3, Insightful)

Xtifr (1323) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215695)

Then he'll get his wish--the next protest won't be about SOPA, but rather about the new bill! :)

You want it to be a "One-Time Thing"? (5, Insightful)

ToiletBomber (2269914) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215257)

The answer is very simple. Knock it off with your attempts to control the internet.

Re:You want it to be a "One-Time Thing"? (2)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215595)

AMEN! Keep fucking around with free speech and the use of it on the internet and we will keep coming back in bigger and bigger numbers.

What's the old saying? "When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will have freedom."

I think I speak for the entire Internet when I say (5, Insightful)

spidercoz (947220) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215259)

go fuck yourself, Cary.

Re:I think I speak for the entire Internet when I (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215397)

That's not how you spell "I hope every nerve ending in your body is permanently made to think it's on fire and you live forever", but yeah, the entire Internet is saying this.

I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but... (5, Interesting)

langelgjm (860756) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215541)

Cary Sherman did have at least one good point. On the RIAA's Music Notes blog, [riaa.com] he discussed how he went through and read every one of the 280 some comments on his very poorly received New York Times op-ed.

I was one of the ones who posted a substantive, up-voted comment on his op-ed, and his blog post addressed something I (and several other commenters) pointed out. Just Googling for the text of the bill leaves one with a misleading impression, because important amendments were not included in that text. I took Sherman to task for what I viewed as purposefully misleading people in his op-ed, doing exactly what he was complaining Wikipedia and Google were doing.

On that particular detail, I was wrong, and Sherman was right. So the point is taken that there is a lot of misunderstanding about what precisely this bill will do and not do. That said, what I think he continually fails to understand is that his association (and really, the entire industry) has virtually no credibility in the minds of the tech-savvy, Internet-using public. We know the record companies rip off actual artists with raw contracts. We know the RIAA supported the ridiculous tactic of suing individual file-sharers for astronomical damages in order to bully them into settlement. We know they inflate their losses, that they massage data, and that they lobby hard for what they want. In fact, that last part is to be expected by any industry trade group.

We're Americans. We know that practically everyone in politics is lying to us whenever they open their mouth. That's not news. I'm not sure why Cary Sherman expects a free pass on this issue... you've got the lobbying money, get in there and play hardball like everyone else.

Re:I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but.. (2)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215725)

I'm not sure why Cary Sherman expects a free pass on this issue... you've got the lobbying money, get in there and play hardball like everyone else.

I bet a lot more journalists are paying attention there now that Chris Dodd stuck his foot in his mouth and admitted that (at least from the MPAA's perspective if not the congressmen's perspectives) the MPAA was buying votes. They'll have to let that sleep for a while before they can start makin' it rain again.

Broadcast journalists? (5, Insightful)

DanTheStone (1212500) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215287)

From what I recall, those broadcast journalists didn't even cover the bills. I'm sure they would greatly prefer the internet doing the same.

Re:Broadcast journalists? (2)

NIN1385 (760712) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215603)

Freedom of the press is an illusion, has been for a long time now.

Would you kindly... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215293)

Would someone please start offing dangerous people like such as this?

Re:Would you kindly... (5, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215415)

Yeah, where are the NRA nutjobs when you actually need them to get something done. Look, we've let you keep your firearms. Now comes your half of the bargain.

Re:Would you kindly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215515)

Oo oo do Harper next!

Re:Would you kindly... (1)

BobZee1 (1065450) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215561)

"we've let you keep your firearms" !?!??!?!?!? I am glad you got modded 'funny'. {whistle}

Re:Would you kindly... (4, Insightful)

brainboyz (114458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215585)

Try and take them. ;)

Sorry, we believe in the liberty to be a moron. We don't like it, but it's your right. If people would stop voting for corrupt sly assholes and actually paid attention to what they do, guys like this wouldn't get a foothold. Ain't a gun-applicable problem yet, but give it another 15 to 20 and it might be.

Re:Would you kindly... (3, Insightful)

HeckRuler (1369601) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215579)

No. Too far. Telling him to go fuck himself is perfectly fine, but inciting people to go kill him is clearly over the line.
Come on slashdot, self-police our nutjobs.

Re:Would you kindly... (2)

evil_aaronm (671521) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215693)

Why is this "too far"? Let's say SOPA gets made into law, through this guy's direct efforts. What do you suppose it will take to get our rights back? They certainly won't say, "Oh, shucks! You're right. Our bad." If an eventual SCOTUS ruling makes SOPA permanent, will it result in fighting in the streets over our freedoms? Who knows?

That's why SkyNet so badly wanted to go back in time and kill John Connor before he could become a powerful leader of the resistance.

What? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215295)

My God! He sure is retarded!

Yeah, yeah, Wikipedians were deluded (5, Informative)

bbtom (581232) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215301)

Wikipedia admin here that was quite involved with the shutdown. RIAA guy thinks we were 'deluded'.

Here's what actually happened. We had a discussion on Wikipedia for a few weeks. We asked the Wikimedia Foundation to instruct their General Counsel to prepare us a detailed listing of exactly what the problems are for Wikipedia with the bill. He did so, and produced a document listing a variety of problems that SOPA might cause for Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. We then had a vote as to whether or not to take action.

By 'deluded', he means we as a community decided to ask a lawyer to look at the bill and tell us what he thinks, and then decided to take action. If that's delusion, I'm not sure what counts as sanity any more.

Re:Yeah, yeah, Wikipedians were deluded (5, Funny)

gman003 (1693318) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215343)

Wait, you had an actual lawyer look at it?

That's more than Congress did.

Re:Yeah, yeah, Wikipedians were deluded (3, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215439)

Wow, I don't think I ever felt bad for a lawyer before.

Re:Yeah, yeah, Wikipedians were deluded (2)

sconeu (64226) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215349)

What counts as sanity? According to the xxAA, whatever they want us to believe.

Re:Yeah, yeah, Wikipedians were deluded (1)

Swanktastic (109747) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215763)

Have Jimmy write a letter to the editor of the NYT rebutting the claims that you were misinformed. They'll publish it.

One time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215305)

We never forget. We never forgive.

Re:One time? (3, Insightful)

evil_aaronm (671521) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215711)

Two words: PATRIOT Act.

True, we may not have forgotten it, and I'll never forgive the treasonous assholes who foisted it on us, but that doesn't mean we did anything effective about it.

Re:One time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215811)

I've regularly asked my Senator for my constitution back, how about you ?

jr

Black March (3)

Nugoo (1794744) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215307)

Let's hope not.

black-march.com [black-march.com]

One time things make a difference. (1)

sehlat (180760) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215309)

Just like the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Civil War...

Re:One time things make a difference. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215553)

So by your logic, beheading a lot of people to end a monarchy/empire just to give rise to Napoleon was a good thing.... so was a war AGAINST state's rights which ended in the slaughter and pillaging of the southern half of the then-existent country? Last I checked, we are now having state's rights issues that we wouldn't have if the south had been allowed to assert that the states could secede and form a new confederacy.

Re:One time things make a difference. (1)

pushing-robot (1037830) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215617)

...the war of 1812, the 1848 revolution, the civil rights movement...

Re:One time things make a difference. (2)

mhajicek (1582795) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215669)

Revolution isn't a one time thing, you have to keep doing it on a regular basis.

Gadammed Techcrunch (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215313)

Someone tell stupid-ass AOL that some tablet browsers DO NOT WANT the mobile version.

Man, they've gone completely in the shitter.

In other words (2)

phorm (591458) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215319)

Our way is the only way, our reality is the only reality ...

but just in case, we'll try to be sneakier about it next time so we don't get caught.

Door in face (5, Informative)

StripedCow (776465) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215327)

SOPA is just part of an exercising of the "door in the face technique". See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Door-in-the-face_technique [wikipedia.org]

Soon, they'll loosen their demands a little and suddenly governments will be okay with it.

Re:Door in face (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215387)

Officer. That crazy guy is knocking on my door again. I slammed it on him once, but he isn't taking the hint.

Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215333)

I think that I speak for everyone when I openly wonder : Should someone this mentally deficient really be the spokesperson of SOPA and the Congress? It's not really the best product placement, even if its not a good idea to begin with.

SOPA protests were just a start (4, Insightful)

xs650 (741277) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215335)

Nothing encourages like success. More people are aware and ready to participate the next time RIAA tries to bribe a heaping pile through Congress.

Re:SOPA protests were just a start (3, Interesting)

AGMW (594303) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215699)

... the next time RIAA tries to bribe a heaping pile through Congress.

What I don't get is why anyone thinks lobby groups buying legislation is the right way!

Integrity and Clarity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215351)

What fantastic points, Sherman! ...especially since broadcast journalists' "integrity and clarity" never ever push an agenda...

George Costanza says... (4, Funny)

Golgafrinchan (777313) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215361)

Hey Cary: the jerk store called, and they're running out of you!"

Re:George Costanza says... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215793)

George Costanza says... Hey Cary: the jerk store called, and they're running out of you!"

Friend, you had one strange See 'n Say. [fisher-price.com]

Clarification (4, Funny)

NeveRBorN (86123) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215365)

Clearly,

Since the way we communicate has changed greatly since the arrival of the internet, and there people afraid to embrace that change, we the denizens of the internet are in the wrong.

Seriously, My daughter's arguments for why she shouldn't have to do her homework are more well thought out than Mr. Sherman's.

The old saying.. (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215377)

There's that old saying, don't blame on malevolence, what can be blamed on stupidity.

I think it needs to be flipped around, because I simply cannot accept that these people really are that mindblowingly stupid.

Re:The old saying.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215605)

There's that old saying, don't blame on malevolence, what can be blamed on stupidity.

I think it needs to be flipped around, because I simply cannot accept that these people really are that mindblowingly stupid.

Yes, they can be. It's like hogs at the trough, like it's always been.

It wasn't misinformation... (5, Insightful)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215389)

...it was that the public was PROPERLY informed for the *very first* time.

In other words, the public *wasn't* misinformed on these ideas for the very first time.

And look at the amount of effort it took. It proves the posit that we've all been saying: corporate monopoly of information is one of the worst things that can happen to a free society. There is no real marketplace of ideas in the U.S. This is one of the few times in scores of years there has been anywhere near a fair debate on an important subject, and certain players had to scream LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME to get it.

Re:It wasn't misinformation... (1)

arbiter1 (1204146) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215597)

Yea they are claiming everyone was misinformed but when public wasn't informed properly on a bill and it was passed it end up being abused. Its something that might be applied to the DMCA, yea its a bill to allow rights holder to get their works removed from like Youtube etc. But allowed for almost 0 punishment when a company claims rights to something they don't own (ex, Twit.tv's show called TNT they had a clip of a Megaupload video, they are a new show which they fall under fail-use UMG had video pulled with a bogus copyright claim when they had no right to do it.) What bill is said to be meant for vs what bill is worded and CAN be used for are usually not told to the public cept when a lawyer from say EFF read it and say what it can be used for.

That's just horseshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215403)

Bollix Wikipedia cites everything also most of us knew it was horseshit before hand. This just made some people get of their collective asses and do something about it. God knows how much world productiveness went up when reddit went down.

can see his point (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215405)

I mean seriously as Google in particular don't understand words such as "theft", "privacy", "law" or morals.

Youtube = mass theft, privacy = what was that again? law = something they continue to ignore. As for morals sadly I think these left the IT industry completely some years ago.

Clarity and integrity (5, Funny)

rust627 (1072296) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215409)

of broadcast journalists

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

He's right. (4, Insightful)

Dr. Tom (23206) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215413)

> He also said that Wikipedia and Google users were duped into thinking SOPA was a bad bill because they assume "if it comes from these sources, it must be true."

That's because, if it comes from those sources, it probably is true. Yes, that's right, we trust Google and Wikipedia more than some record industry executive. Dupe you.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, why don't you start letting people download music from your website? You know you could be making money right now, doing that, instead of making a fool of yourself, right?

But don't take my word for it. Google it.

He's right! (2)

Edsj (1972476) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215419)

"... and for not spreading information with the same 'clarity and integrity' of broadcast journalists." I'm with him! I don't use the internet to get reliable information. Why waste time checking the source integrity if you can get all the information you need from Fox News? They even do the job to filter 'bogus' information for me! Right? RIGHT?!?? What? Fox News isn't reliable? I don't trust you! You are probably a terrorist from the internet!

Re:He's right! (1)

Experiment 626 (698257) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215587)

Because the other news outlets were doing such a great job of covering SOPA before the protests broke out...

Re:He's right! (1)

honestmonkey (819408) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215593)

I don't know what's worse, the fact that you say Fox News is good information, or the almost sarcastic tone you've taken in your entire post. I mean, really!

Dear Mr. Sherman (3, Insightful)

bughunter (10093) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215423)

The inferred message here is that the RIAA (and presumably the MPAA, et al) will continue to try to pass this crap.

I have an inferred message right back (holds up a single finger).

In the wake of ESR's open letter to Chris Dodd [ibiblio.org] , do I really need to remind you:

[D]on't screw with the Internet. Because it will screw you right back.

??

Re:Dear Mr. Sherman (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215705)

Why did you give him a thumbs up?

The RIAA/MPAA have no room to talk. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215447)

They've been spreading disinformation for years on the news. Wikipedia on the otherhand does a much better job living up to standards like NPOV, and all its sub-rules, like no weasal words than any mainstream news source ever did.

Before anyone questions this what did Wikipedia do that comes close to "hackers on steroids"? This was a modern mainstream news segment. Did anyone loose their job over that? Thats not even touching RFC 1392, for what a hacker even was, something that seemed to be ignored by just about every mainstream media outlet(represented by the RIAA/MPAA that is).
https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1392

But hey, what do trade organizations know? I mean they just

What was the big media's coverage of SOPA/PIPA to begin with??? Thats right, a total blackout. There was no discussion of this on mainstream news. The tactic was obviously sneak it by without anyone in the general public thinking about it until it was way to late.

As for piracy rules, they are already far too strong. They are basicly forcing start ups and small businesses who don't have the money to hire lawyers out of their own IP by letting well funding legal harrassment campaigns deprive them out of the very IP that is said to be protected?

Anyone who's ever used a free music track on youtube knows this. This is not content creators going after their work, its trolls and bullys stealing from people using the law via intimidation.

We need intellectual property law reform, and we need to place limits and what can and cannot be owned, and big time restrictions on acusations of unauthorized use.

idiot (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215451)

Of course he does, he doesn't get it. SOPA protests didn't hurt his bottom line.

That is why we (I) am participating in Black March. Hit them somewhere they do understand.

How Alarming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215455)

Did they just use "integrity" and "journalist" in the same sentence ?

Cary Sherman: (5, Insightful)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215467)

Fuck. You.

Re:Cary Sherman: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215831)

Wonderful, wish I had mod points

I suppose it's a sign (5, Insightful)

shikitohno (2559719) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215475)

of how weak his own position is that his only response is the cry foul and claim everyone who opposed the bill had been misled. We weren't misled. We knew exactly why this bill was such a horrible piece of legislation. If anyone, it was him and the bills backers who were deluded in thinking that people would not get pissed off by such horribly half-baked legislation. We're talking about something that would have essentially made him and his friends judge and jury on copyright infringement online, will little to no recourse for the accused to defend themselves, and even then only after the fact.

We've seen how well they handled even lesser power in these matters, between frivolous DMCA takedown notices (sometimes on stuff they didn't even own the rights to), and more recently the case of a company claiming birdsong was in violation of its copyrights. The bill demonstrated a blatant disregard for internet security, by potentially crippling DNSSEC. And their response was simply, "Well, you're just going to have to scratch that plan and come up with something else, now aren't you?"

Given their practical disdain for how the internet works, and a plethora of precedents demonstrating they will not hesitate to abuse any power given them, we simply must have been misled into believing they didn't have our best interests at heart. I find this patronizing, "You just don't worry about it, we know what's best for you." attitude completely offensive. I'll be watching for the next time they try and slip garbage like this through, and you can be damn sure I'll be opposed to it then. Don't call me misled when you're lying through your teeth to me. I don't take kindly to it, and I would hope no one else would either. I'd love to see this inane series of statements by him blow up in his face and lead to even greater opposition next time he and his friends try to force something like SOPA down our throats.

Thank goodness... (1)

someWebGeek (2566673) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215503)

...we have such a selfless paragon of virtue [urbandictionary.com] to set us straight.

Sherman blames the Internet (3, Insightful)

PPH (736903) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215509)

Damned inconvenient, that Internet. Maybe we can have it shut off when we resubmit our legislation to Congress again.

We've got to get people behaving more like broadcast journalists. So we can just call their sales department and remind them who pays their bills.

In other news, people all over the world ... (1)

aix tom (902140) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215513)

... hoping that the RIAA and similar institutions all over the world (The German GEMA especially) are a "One-Time Thing"

Since I don't see it here yet... (1)

MitchDev (2526834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215521)

RIAA, if you think you can slip this by, then to "pirate" the old song lyric "You ain't seen nothin' yet."

Snarky headline (2)

tomhath (637240) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215559)

While I'm not a supporter of SOPA, headlines with statements like "In another hilarious comment..." come across as more than a little biased. I hope News For Nerds doesn't sink to Blog For Nerds.

Real people ... (1)

Skapare (16644) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215569)

Are hoping that the stupidity of SOPA and proposals like it are a one time thing. If not, then be sure the protest won't be, either. And if it tries to sneak through, expect things to move to the next level (yes, there is a next level).

Congress' Side? (2)

Tihstae (86842) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215575)

I can't believe he thinks that Congress has a side to tell. Their job is to listen to the people and not come up with their own version of the truth.

The problem is that Congress' side involves money from the RIAA.

Fucking assholes.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215651)

I hope they all get bone cancer and die.

I'm reminded of my childhood. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215653)

making it impossible for Congress to get out its side of the story

I feel you guys, after i threatened to kill that asshole on the playground, waving a knife around, the teachers wouldn't listen to my side of the story either.

what an idiot (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215661)

Cary Sherman apparently lost the use of his ears and eyes at an early age, and has compensated for it by becoming a complete dictatorial moron for the dark side.

not that there's anything wrong with that. oh, hell, yes there is. idiot, most of us have already purchased a use license for media (only crooked lawyers can steal full rights,) and want to utilize the Fair Use Provisions of the Copyright Act to transport this personal entertainment in the most convenient form.

keep demanding full price per thought of usage, fool, and you will wipe out your industry.

and get off my screen with your inanities.

Case of mistaken identity (1)

cvtan (752695) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215665)

If it weren't for the fact that these guys were trying to protect bad music, they would be mistaken for a nut-case religious cult spouting their "I know I'm right" dogma.

What is his thought process? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215667)

It just amazes me that there is a class of people who practice this kind of deception ([cough]Death Panels [/cough]), and it amazes me again that it will work with a modest part of the population. It just seems so uncivil, anti-society, almost inhuman. How do they breath with the lies and hypocrisy filling them up to their throats?

  I know, I know: MacBain:
"on a bed of money with many beautiful women"

What a moron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215681)

"I sure hope that getting my hand burned when I stuck it in the operating furnace was a one-time thing!"

Yeah, Sherman, it was a one-time thing. You should feel confident in throwing the rest of your body into it next time. Please.

As someone who once respected IP law... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39215685)

As someone who once respected IP law, I've long since decided that because of your disproportionate response to violators and your manipulation of our government, that you need to be fought. I now pirate any music I like, go out of my way not to pay, and encourage other to do the same. I do this in order to cut off your supply of money, which you use to oppress people. Pass it on.

Integrity from the RIAA, really? (1)

bsy-1 (169906) | more than 2 years ago | (#39215809)

I would think that the last thing the RIAA wants in a message to the public that has either clarity or integrity, as either would get in the way of their agenda.

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