Consumer Electronics Association CEO: 'SOPA is Shocking'

January 9, 2012 -

In a pre-Consumer Electronic Show interview with VentureBeat, Gary Shapiro, chief executive and president of the Consumer Electronics Association, says that he is not happy with the way the Stop Online Piracy Act is being rammed through the Senate. The man at the top of the trade group representing the electronics industry adds that SOPA is "shocking."

"It’s too bad that in Washington, the urgent replaces the important,” Shapiro said. “We care about piracy and so do a lot of people. But this bill is shocking, and it’s shocking it has some support. We are playing defense, and we are being outspent 10 to 1 by the copyright extremists.”

"There are two types of members of Congress: those who understand the internet and those who will vote for SOPA because they have made commitments to the copyright extremists," he added. "We think online piracy stinks, but this is very bad legislation.”

You can check out the rest of his interview here.

Source: VentureBeat, Image credit www.ce.org.

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