RIAA Still Doesn’t Get It: Hopes SOPA Opposition Was A ‘One-Time Experience’
In a previous post, I looked at the first part of Andrew Keen’s interview with RIAA CEO Cary Sherman. In the second half of the interview, Sherman fields some audience questions collected on Twitter, and his answers further expose the serious problems with his understanding of what’s happening in music, what happened with SOPA, and what’s happening to his industry.
The first question directly challenges Sherman over his NYTimes op-ed in which he claimed the massive opposition to SOPA/PIPA was somehow undemocratic, asking him if he really thinks an informed populace is a bad thing. But Sherman is still convinced that it was all a misinformation campaign by Google (though he avoids using the name):
Politicians who don’t understand the internet should not be in power in this day and age. The Internet (as it currently stands) is so important to this ‘information age’ that we are in … no one should be able to sign anything to do with changing it if they don’t have an understanding as to the long term implications. Otherwise they will sign away our rights and freedom to the first lobbyist who signs a donation cheque.
Wow the RIAA/IFPI really have no idea how search engines work :-/
I’m honored to see that the folks at the RIAA have taken the time to read our Sky is Rising report. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to like hearing the news that the wider music industry is actually thriving — because it doesn’t work well with their legislative strategy (and, remember,…
The RIAA is just butt-hurt that people have moved on and not decided to support their business model. Whats next? Bailout please Uncle Sam?