Former MPAA CTO Changes His Mind On SOPA

    August 10, 2012
    Zach Walton
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SOPA is dead, and it’s probably not coming back. The MPAA now realizes that a bill like that just isn’t going to fly. They need to be sneakier and use methods that bypass public scrutiny – like TPP. That being said, SOPA is still on the minds of many people as one of the few things that has ever come close to destroying the Internet as we know it.

One figure who is still thinking about SOPA is Paul Brigner, former Chief Technology Officer for the MPAA. He was CTO for the group while SOPA was being debated and ultimately killed by the largest online protest movement in the history of mankind. During that time, he defended SOPA and said it was a good way to stop online piracy.

It seems that in the seven months since SOPA has been dead, Brigner has had a change of heart. He’s now working for the Internet Society, a group that was part of the protest movement against SOPA. Being with the group has apparently changed his mind on the matter. He even wrote a letter to the White House explaining why the Internet is so important:

We are also of the opinion that any enforcement attempts – at both national and international levels – should ensure and not jeopardize the stability, interoperability and efficiency of the Internet, its technologies and underlying platforms. The Internet – a network of networks – is based on an open and distributed architecture. This model should be preserved and should surpass any enforcement efforts.

It’s nice to see some more influential people coming out against SOPA and even changing their mind on the bill. He might be a little late to the party, but it’s appreciated nonetheless. It’s especially appreciated that the letter is also meant to help shape future IP enforcement policy. It seems that Washington is actually looking for input from those “nerds” that they neglected to even acknowledge when SOPA was first being debated.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/justsayingmypiece/ Charlie

    Yeah, it’s interesting how the system works, isn’t it? If one attempt by governments fails, they’ll continue to tweak the thing until it is completely unrecognizable, then slip it through somewhere “between the lines” in some other, perhaps more ‘palatable’ bit of legislation, y’know?

    Sadly, I think we all know that some of what these pieces of legislation are trying to help control (online piracy, copyright infringement, etc.) are surely serious enough that something needs to be done. But it’s the insidious “extras” that some law-makers seem to want included that are probably the most frightening and most negatively perceived by most of the public user communities around the globe.

    If we lose the freedom to express and share free thoughts and ideas with others around the world, I believe we lose the opportunity for making our world a better place for all…simply because the Internet (in my humble opinion) is truly the first venue the world has ever known whereby people from all walks of life and all belief systems, governments, cultures (etc.) can learn and grow and progress and even prosper. That is, if those in power with certain “hidden agendas” are not allowed to have it their way, y’know? I’m just sayin’…

  • skeptic

    I smell a rat..bastard. I think this guy’s a trojan being planted behind enemy lines. stay vigilante