Recording Industry Association of America President Cary Sherman lashed out against Wikipedia, Google, and the protestors who helped kill SOPA and PIPA in a New York Times editorial, accusing the Internet companies of running a campaign of â€œhyperbolic mistruthsâ€ and abusing their power.
Those arguments should sound familiar: theyâ€™re the same ones made by MPAA boss Chris Dodd when Wikipedia first announced its anti-SOPA blackout.
Sherman went even further, though. He implied that people opposing SOPA â€œsimply believe that online music, books and movies should be free,â€ and that most of the anti-SOPA letters sent to congress came from the same Anonymous hackers who took down the RIAAâ€™s website in retaliation for the shutdown of Megaupload.
It looks like Jimmy Walesâ€™ hope that the entertainment industry would show â€œa little more humilityâ€ on copyright issues was a little bit premature.