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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter less than a month ago, and he’s already caused a great deal of controversy what with calling Google a ‘piracy leader’, whilst he also came clean on the MySpace debacle, admitting that they screwed up in every way.
In his latest tweet, Murdoch has fanned the copyright flames further, aligning the phone-hacking scandal that has swamped the UK arm of his media empire with the recent copyright debate stirred by the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
No excuses for phone hacking. No argument. No excuses either for copyright stealing, but plenty of ignorant argument!
— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) January 23, 2012
The proposed SOPA bill has now been withdrawn by Republican Lamar Smith after widespread opposition – including from the Whitehouse – and it seems that Murdoch isn’t overly happy about much of the debate surrounding it.
He had previously singled Google out for his attentions, which he said streamed movies for free and sold adverts around them, alluding to YouTube’s content. This is despite Google putting systems in place to curtail copyright infringement on the video-streaming site.
Murdoch has a history of disliking Google in particular, and has previously accused it of stealing his content.
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