The Stop Online Piracy Act

Friday, December 16, 2011

Intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Corynne McSherry, discusses why she thinks the Stop Online Piracy Act could ruin the internet.


Corynne McSherry

Comments [10]


Long Time listener here - just heard this broadcast - bogus Brain. C- for not being very informative and reeking political influence.

Dec. 18 2011 09:32 AM

Jesse is right. People who get stuff for free online, get stuff they were never going to buy in the first place. When something is good enough, even if someone gets it for free, they still want a hard copy. business will ruin the internet.

Dec. 16 2011 11:07 AM
An artist from Brooklyn from Brooklyn

I feel that some of the comments here -- Jesse's, for instance -- are from people who want something for nothing. How many of you create work that could be easily copied and given away by someone else?

And, Jesse, about greedy corporations: by telling you which doors are unlocked and then selling access to you and your information to advertisers, Google is making quite a bit of money, too.

Dec. 16 2011 10:59 AM

Uh, dummy: a car is not a digital file.

It costs nothing extra to produce a second digital copy.

It costs labor and parts to produce a second car.

According to studies, pirates purchase MORE content than non pirates.

Guess what, the stuff people pirate THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO BUY.

The movie industry is racking up RECORD PROFITS.

This man's arguments are ludicrous and the whining of billionaire and millionaire actors and directors should be ignored on their face.

Dec. 16 2011 10:43 AM

Can we please get this corprate shill off the phone? He is clearly reading lines given to him by the content controllers and making the same ludicrous arguments they've been using for 20 years. They're making gobs of money, they just want to control a bigger piece of the pie by walking all over artists and consumers.

Dec. 16 2011 10:42 AM
Listener from Brooklyn

Freudian slip in WNYC's brief description of this segment?

Dec. 16 2011 10:40 AM
michael from brooklyn

the problem is not that piracy shouldn't be stopped. we all agree it should. the problem is how this bill is addressing it. it is written by people who don't understand how the internet works and it is far too reaching and vague in it's sweep. please everyone do some research on this. the OPEN act make much more sense.

Dec. 16 2011 10:40 AM

What dog does Vincent have in this fight?

Dec. 16 2011 10:39 AM
Clif from Manhattan

I think the main problem is that we're trying to treat the arts as a commodity. I think is where the problem lies. The arts should be publicly funded and artists should simply be paid a base salary until they get to a point where their art supports them.

This way, the artists is paid either way for doing thier work and the work is made available freely to the public. Copyright law is well established and should be enforced, online or not.

Dec. 16 2011 10:38 AM
An artist in Brooklyn from Brooklyn

First. Louis CK is famous, so he can sell his goods more easily than most.

Second, this isn't about whether he can or should do this or not; it's about whether it's his choice whether he does this or not, or whether Google is going to do this for (to) him.

Dec. 16 2011 10:37 AM

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