CES 2012: CEA Prez. Blasts "Copyright Extremists", Stop Online Piracy Act
January 10, 2012 3:50 PM
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Gary Shapiro pulls no punches in alleging federal bribery, anti-business politics
At a Tuesday morning Qualcomm Inc. (
) keynote of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association, did not waste much time in getting down to business, talking about serious issues.
Alluding to the
upcoming Orwellian "Stop Online Piracy Act"
), a visibly furious Mr. Shapiro commented, "[SOPA is championed by] politicians who are proudly unfamiliar with how the internet works, but who are well familiar with favors from well-heeled copyright extremists."
The sharp criticism drew a thunderous applause from the pro-technology audience.
Indeed Mr. Shapiro is on the money in this case. According to extensive research, anti-streaming lobbyists have engaged in a
sweeping bribery scheme
that paid for approximately 10 percent of
active Senators' total combined election costs.
SOPA's current form, being debated by Congress would be a federal death sentence for internet business and the American economy, Under the proposed law any site on the internet found to contain links to infringing content could be taken down for up to weeks at a time. This means, in essence that any online news site, any e-commerce site, any site that takes user content of any kind could easily be permanently destroyed by malicious posts -- posts that the site itself did not author or endorse.
Meanwhile the offices of members of Congress have been
found to be actively pirating
the content that they hope to
imprison the lowly proles for
Mr. Shapiro, a veteran of two decades in the tech industry, recently published the book
The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream
. He remains very active in the politics side of technology. He serves on the
Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Congress
Mr. Shapiro voiced support for the OPEN Act, an alternative proposal by
Rep. Darrell Issa
, R-Calif., and
Sen. Ron Wyden
, D-Ore. The
forcement of Digital Trade Act ("The OPEN Act") removes much of SOPA's most sweeping federal power grab efforts, such as the link-related takedowns. While the OPEN Act has its flaws and detractors, clearly the internet industry likes it a lot better than SOPA. The propsal is
Google Inc. (
), Facebook, and Twitter.
A draft of the open act is available
Mr. Shapiro concluded, "In the movie
, Gordon Gecko said 'Greed is good.' Well, I believe change is good."
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1/10/2012 7:27:57 PM
Do you need DVD, BR, or movies to live? I highly doubt it. Those are not even remotely in the same category as gas. You need gas to get to work, to make money, to get to grocery store to buy food. You cannot boycott gas. You can boycott movies and music.
1/11/2012 3:03:15 PM
If people really want to drive this home to the entertainment industry, just boycott the Super Bowl. Let all those super expensive commercials be seen by nobody and even boycott any online Super Bowl content. No way can they can say "pirating" had any effect there only that the people stood up and said enough is enough.
Most people though are too brainwashed to believe that sports and entertainment are needed to be able to breath and live to even think of giving up that one event.
1/11/2012 9:50:40 PM
Yes, you can boycott all that you want, but when your spouse buys the kids the DVD's that they want so that they will stop begging, well, keep on boycotting. When I go over to friends houses who have kids, guess what, tons and tons of movies. My house... not one. The same mentality goes with the iPhone. I tell all of my friends of the evil of Apple (we're going to sue compainies who are profitable), and some still want to buy into the evil. Oh well.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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