Former MPAA vice president turns against SOPA

SOPA was never too popular among the greater internet community. That much you could have been told by absolutely anyone, for the evidence was everywhere. A day without SOPA being mentioned on the Reddit front page never happened,  and there was absolutely no love for it coming from anyone other than those backing it.

How many SOPA backers liked the controversial bill, though? The question has to be raised, since one of their main technology chiefs has turned against it. This time last month, Paul Brigner was a senior vice president at the oh-so-popular-MPAA was backing the Stop Online Piracy Act. He has now emerged as its latest critic, to the joy of absolutely everyone everywhere.

Brigner argues that the bill is not good for the internet in general, saying the following to CNET:

"I firmly believe that we should not be legislating technological mandates to protect copyright - including SOPA and Protect IP".

Brigner says his time with the MPAA helped him to realise the new laws to block websites will not be effective. He admits freely that his views evolved over the time spent observing the bill and its passage. As expected, an MPAA spokespuppet said the organization would not comment on the turn of face.

Hollywood still hasn't come to the same conclusion as Paul Brigner, believing that the measure would be advanced. Other allies of the MPAA and the SOPA bill are also remaining optimistic. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce have been able to say they will "continue to work with Congress".

Debate has been spurred on by Brigner's leaving the MPAA initially. Some people have suggested he might actually have walked out due to disagreeing with the bill. Others have said he became a turncoat due to the clear failing of the bill. Whatever his reasoning, having one of the people turn against SOPA is always encouraging, especially when they actually do feel the bill could be counterproductive.

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Geez, there are two things that need to be sort out:

1. General availability to outer countries. I bet you that 90%+ of the pirated content is because it is not available out of the U.S.

2. Give legal buyers an advantage, which is very good in comparison of downloading it from the Internet. (Games have proven to be right in this case)

Jose_49 said,
Geez, there are two things that need to be sort out:

1. General availability to outer countries. I bet you that 90%+ of the pirated content is because it is not available out of the U.S.

2. Give legal buyers an advantage, which is very good in comparison of downloading it from the Internet. (Games have proven to be right in this case)

I echo number 1, with TV shows especially. When the studios and TV channels are so short-sighted as to release their shows in other countries weeks, sometimes months or years after their US release, they are only encouraging privacy. I'd much rather watch a show in HD on Sky than download a pirated copy from the US if I have the choice.

Jose_49 said,
Geez, there are two things that need to be sort out:

1. General availability to outer countries. I bet you that 90%+ of the pirated content is because it is not available out of the U.S.

2. Give legal buyers an advantage, which is very good in comparison of downloading it from the Internet. (Games have proven to be right in this case)

We recently tried setting up a VPN to be able to try Netflix, Hulu and all the plethora of video services that you US folks take for granted but are not available in Europe thanks to archaic regional licensing from media companies. It's truly a "really, we want to give you our money, just ****in' take it!" situation. And that's before you even get to the whole "TV shows coming to our country anything from several months to even years later" issue.

But no, instead it's just 10 times easier to download whatever you want to watch via BitTorrent. Hell, they could use this tech for perfectly legit, high speed downloads too but instead they spend millions trying to penalize those who do buy their stuff with DRM and passing vague laws that don't benefit the people in any way.

We've already got to a point where music streaming and buying is pretty easy, why can't we have that same thing for movies and TV shows on a global, non-limited scale?

Jose_49 said,
Geez, there are two things that need to be sort out:

1. General availability to outer countries. I bet you that 90%+ of the pirated content is because it is not available out of the U.S.

I completely agree with this! Watching music videos on youtube you constantly see that it is "not available in your country" and streaming services are blocked and even if you can get something it is usually lagged behind in release date. It is frustrating and a waste.

TCLN Ryster said,

I echo number 1, with TV shows especially. When the studios and TV channels are so short-sighted as to release their shows in other countries weeks, sometimes months or years after their US release, they are only encouraging privacy. I'd much rather watch a show in HD on Sky than download a pirated copy from the US if I have the choice.


You're the short-sighted one. Studios that make TV shows don't dictated when they can be released in other countries. It's up to TV channels in your country to buy broadcasting rights to shows when they feel appropriate. Usually, especially with new shows, they wait to see if they prove popular so not to waste their money. Simples!

who cares,
your just going to live another what 30 years on this palnet.. (earth) and use the internet for the next 25-30 years..whatever..

is SOPA and all that **** going to change anything?,
no.

who cares,!!!

Cl8ud9 said,
who cares,
your just going to live another what 30 years on this palnet.. (earth)

Lol really? I mean I know we can't see the future but I doubt i'm going to die in my 50's

Cl8ud9 said,
who cares,
your just going to live another what 30 years on this palnet.. (earth) and use the internet for the next 25-30 years..whatever..

is SOPA and all that **** going to change anything?,
no.

who cares,!!!


Wow. Just think that this guy could be voting some day.

Cl8ud9 said,
who cares,
your just going to live another what 30 years on this palnet.. (earth) and use the internet for the next 25-30 years..whatever..

is SOPA and all that **** going to change anything?,
no.

who cares,!!!

Who cares? The population of the internet does! (Excluding you). The government has no right to regulate the internet for us,

P.S. if we want to regulate for our kids/others then that is a personal choice.

And by your logic just because we are going to live for another 30 years, we can mess the environment up.

Isn't this the same Paul Brigner that just joined the Internet Society (North America) last month that so many seemed worried about cause he was coming from the MPAA?

see what happens when you let big business make large donations to political people you get crap like SOPA and protectIP not to mention the MPAA and RIAA who mistakenly think they're a law enforcement dept because they have large amounts of money to throw around and senators in their pocket

your govt needs to tell big business to mind it's own business and stop the donations (bribes) and get on with running the country

Athlonite said,
see what happens when you let big business make large donations to political people you get crap like SOPA and protectIP not to mention the MPAA and RIAA who mistakenly think they're a law enforcement dept because they have large amounts of money to throw around and senators in their pocket

your govt needs to tell big business to mind it's own business and stop the donations (bribes) and get on with running the country


Business = People = Voters. You are litterally saying nobody should have any say in what the government does. That sounds like a good idea... sigh..

ILikeTobacco said,

Business = People = Voters. You are litterally saying nobody should have any say in what the government does. That sounds like a good idea... sigh..

Wow did you even read his comment?, he said

Athlonite said,

your govt needs to tell big business to mind it's own business and stop the donations (bribes) and get on with running the country

everyone has a say but money should not have any influence on that, instead of sighing why not read his comment all the way through eh?

Toysoldier said,

Wow did you even read his comment?, he said

everyone has a say but money should not have any influence on that, instead of sighing why not read his comment all the way through eh?

thanks atleast someone gets what I was on about

@IlikeTobacco big business doesn't = people, it = corporate sponsorship which is never a good thing when senators feel obliged to help big business instead of helping the people who actually do the work and pay tax and vote... big business doesn't vote persay they buy (bribe) their way to get what they want

ILikeTobacco said,

Business = People = Voters. You are litterally saying nobody should have any say in what the government does. That sounds like a good idea... sigh..
A business is a person? So when I kicked the Bank of America the other day and got a citation for damaging property I really should have gotten charged with assault and battery?

Didn't know that. I got lucky, whew....

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