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RIAA admits that SOPA & PIPA are useless
Internet freedom activists have been trying to get the RIAA and their ilk to realize the total ineffectiveness of legislation in their battle against piracy, but it turns out that they’ve actually known it for a while now, as lamented in a newly leaked (and incredibly tacky) presentation by RIAA Deputy General Counsel Victoria Sheckler.
The presentation, which was given to members of the ISPI (International Federation of the Phonographic) back in April, points out that even if SOPA and PIPA had become law, they wouldn’t have actually done much to combat piracy; “Legislation,” Sheckler says, “[is] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”
That’s in pretty stark contrast to the words of Sheckler’s own boss, RIAA Chairman Cary Sherman, who said in a letter to the New York Times last December who said it was ‘unacceptable’ that any foreign site “hawking American products or copyrighted works can escape our current laws.” Sherman also took time to praise legislation (unnamed, but obviously referring to SOPA) that could supposedly crack down on piracy, defending it against claims that it could stifle free speech.