Rupert Murdoch: Google streams pirated movies, MySpace a screw up

By on January 16, 2012, 4:30 PM

News Corp. CEO and founder, Rupert Murdoch, let the tweets fly this weekend humbly claiming he screwed up "in every way possible" with MySpace. Additionally, he accused Google of streaming illegally obtained movies and chastised President Obama for recently stating his opposition to SOPA, accusing the president of being in cahoots with Silicon Valley executives.

The media mogul is well-known for being opinionated, vocal and also an ardent opponent of piracy. Murdoch's longstanding issues with Google have also been well publicized, such as criticizing Google News for being "thieves" and even threatening to block the aggregator from News Corp. sites entirely. Naturally, it should be no surprise that Murdoch took a little bit of time over the past couple weeks to rail on those who would pilfer copyrighted works, like Google. 

In 2005, Murdoch spearheaded a deal in which News Corp. acquired MySpace for $580 million. The iconic social network plummeted in popularity as Facebook opened its doors to the masses the following year, but not before Murdoch struck a $900 million advertising deal with Google. 

Even if you can navigate past the argument that Google illegally streams movies as part of its business model, it is hard to deny the hypocrisy of such a statement. GigaOm's Om Malik called out Rupert Murdoch on his ironic accusation:

rupertmurdoch Rupert Murdoch  Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying. .@rupertmurdoch you weren't complaining much when google was paying you big ad dollars for MySpace, that hosted some

Thanks to their advertising partnership with Google, News Corp. did manage to make their money back on MySpace. Despite this, the once popular social networking site has been in disarray ever since its purchase. Murdoch sold the company in 2011 to Specific Media and Justin Timberlake for $58 million, just 10 percent of its original value. The new owners hope to revitalize MySpace as an artist-focused destination.

Many questions and joke sabout My Space.simply answer - we screwed up in every way possible, learned lots of valuable expensive lessons. So Obama has thrown in his lot withSilicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery. -




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Guest said:

You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it.

Guest said:

so, he called obama a thief? DATS RACIST

Guest said:

In case this didn't get published in America, one of his biggest newspapers was closed down after reporters illegally hacked into mobiles and landlines of people, which was used for many nefarious purposes to boost newspaper sales, including faking that a missing girl was still receiving text messages from her parents so their news story would last longer in the papers. Despicable, and how he can then blame google for illegal acts is hypocrisy of the highest degree

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Since when has Google been a streaming service? Maybe I missed something, but every Google search I've ever done that might have a result of streaming or downloading a file has been a link to another site, never directly from Google...

This guy's ramblings remind me of a bad cocktail recipe: Take 1 part paranoia, 1 part dementia, 2 parts ego, mix well, serve with a dash of hypocrisy and a small corporate umbrella.

lipe123 said:

Wait a sec, this guy was in charge of the newspapers that hacked into the voicemails of victims of 911 and various others.

Why does anyone care about anything he has to say?

killeriii said:

Vrmithrax said:

Since when has Google been a streaming service? Maybe I missed something, but every Google search I've ever done that might have a result of streaming or downloading a file has been a link to another site, never directly from Google...

"YouTube"

owned and run by Google.

I don't agree with the severity of copyright laws myself.

I personally like the service that YouTube provides and wouldn't want to see it diminished in any way.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it."

Oh, that's brilliant. Well I hope you remember that when someone breaks into your car or house and steals your stuff. Just tolerate it, mm-kay?

Guest said:

but. but that's what they teach me in school..to tolerate everything then I will be a better person..blah!!!

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

TomSEA said:

"You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it."

Oh, that's brilliant. Well I hope you remember that when someone breaks into your car or house and steals your stuff. Just tolerate it, mm-kay?

Actually, there is a certain amount of tolerance required, but in a broad, philosophical mumbo-jumbo sense.

If society didn't tolerate murder, for example, we would do everything possible to prevent it and to punish those who did. If murder was not tolerated, laws of privacy, freedom, rulings "beyond a doubt" and budget concerns would be out the window. Education, therapy, rehabilitation etc.. would be endlessly funded to prevent such things. Punishment would be frightening and judicious, setting an example for other would-be murderers and so on...

The truth is though, as a society, we allow people to be murdered here and there... There is an acceptable trade-off between so many people dying, the resources we use (ie. money, labor, technology) and the liberties we are willing to forfeit.

That, in a sense, is tolerance. This piracy stuff works the same way. We may never solve the problem, just like we haven't solved people robbing homes and stealing cars, but that's only because we have not spent enough resources, changed enough laws and modified the infrastructure to finally nail it down for good.

Guest said:

"You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it."

or we just send all you ***** pirates to jail, that also works very well.

Guest said:

Bravo Nick. I couldn't have said it better. Very balanced and thoughtful.

treetops treetops said:

I wonder how much he paid myspace to start saying myfox. edit oh looks like he bought the whole damn thing

p.s. lol his newscorp bought myspace then it started failing, i guess he didn't realize everyone thinks hes the devil, no offense to the devil

p.s.s. yeah i remember when his people hacked into that murdered little girls voicemail and deleted messages, thats insane, then the guy who blew the whistle on it mysteriously died the next day. his laptop and some other belongings were found in a parking garage a few miles away. but no national attention went to that. all they talked about was that rupert got a pie(literally) in the face the next day, somehow that over shadowed it all. Fox even reported it as a attack on rupert...

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

"You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it."

or we just send all you ***** pirates to jail, that also works very well.

Good luck with that.

jacobz6 said:

lipe123 said:

Wait a sec, this guy was in charge of the newspapers that hacked into the voicemails of victims of 911 and various others.

Why does anyone care about anything he has to say?

+1

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

guys a Crim. Who cares what he has to say.. if he was poor he'd be loopy guy on the corner spouting nonsense.. he's got money so he's 'outspoken and opinionated'. I think he's got mild dementia that's getting worse.

Guest said:

"Oh, that's brilliant. Well I hope you remember that when someone breaks into your car or house and steals your stuff. Just tolerate it, mm-kay?"

Don't be silly. While software/music/movie piracy and physical theft are both certainly wrong, they don't compare like that.

Fact is, the respective industries still rake in copious amounts of money. And for example if the record labels actually cared about the musicians, they'd spend less time ripping off said musicians themselves and then blaming the pirates for everything.

As far as Murdoch goes, how such a retard ever managed to launch such a big company is beyond me.

ghasmanjr ghasmanjr said:

I think we're all overlooking something: why did Justin Timberlake buy MySpace? That's confusing in itself...

Guest said:

He's got some nerve, over here in the UK his son has lied to a comittee of MP's investigating phone hacking, he's had a newspaper close down due to it's antics, and been critisised for being too powerful and meddling in British politics!! Watching his antics is like watching a bond movie!

Emexrulsier said:

People always say piracy costs the industry millions/billions but I am almost 90% certain if I didn't watch certain dodgy copies of films now and then I wouldn't even consider buying them either. They base all this lost profits on those that pirate would buy it instead this is not the case.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I personally don't agree with piracy, but I know it is hard to prevent. As for the media cry babies (aka Hollywood and Big music whoevers) what they need to do is change their business model. If people love your music, movies, or videos; People will buy your stuff to support you.

Guest said:

its like dude, you tapped into peoples cell phones and created falsified stories about people and events... seriously why are you not in jail... oh yeah 99%

Tomorrow_Rains said:

Why piracy is linked to murder, breaking and entering , assault and rape is beyond me. So by downloading an MP3 by lil wayne i have just raped and assaulted an innocent person.

Taking that in context, Anti-piracy laws so far have been successful in obtaining losses by obtaining IP addresses and sending the "pay or else" scheme. i need to check my facts but i'm pretty sure i heard that Hurt locker made double what the movie costs in just suing people. and once they made enough money they backed out of the claim.

But remember, An IP address is not a person

Lurker101 said:

If an IP address was a person, I'm sure most Techspot regs would be sectioned for severe multiple personality disorders.

Guest said:

Thankfully we take little notice of the poison pygmy here, what a tool!

princeton princeton said:

TomSEA said:

"You will never stop piracy, so learn to tolerate it."

Oh, that's brilliant. Well I hope you remember that when someone breaks into your car or house and steals your stuff. Just tolerate it, mm-kay?

It's nice to know that after 1,529 posts, you're still using an argument that was debunked years ago. A company does not have money taken away from them when a product is pirated. They lose "potential revenue" which is a meaningless figure because somebody who pirates software wouldn't have spent money on it anyway, or they would have done so. You actually lose your physical property when somebody steals your personal belongings. Perhaps you should invest some of your money into some debate courses where they will show how to avoid fallacies and build strong arguments.

EDIT:

After examining your posting history I believe these articles may assist you. I would read them fast though(within ~4 hours of now), because Wikipedia is blacking out due to uninformed people making legislation about piracy when they don't understand it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_analogy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_man

Guest said:

@Princeton By your logic, since I would never purchase any software in the first place, it is OK for me to just pirate a copy and use it, as the creators of the software would not loose any money.

Though stealing the computer that runs the software is a crime.

Seems to me you are attempting to justify a crime.

crime

? ?noun

1. an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.

2. criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.

3. the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.

4. any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.

5. a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.

Guest said:

TomSEA you can't stop piracy is correct...what you can do is make affordable legal alternatives and if its well receive that will reduce piracy..Look at the music industry...everyone under the sun was downloading music for free illegally...Then itunes came along....people had a legal way to get music...but it was still too expensive...yes $1 something per song is to expensive....but now Spotify and other legal alternatives offer FREE or very cheap all you want for a low monthly fee service and a lot more people stopped pirating because it actually took more work and effort to pirate. Sure they ain't making boatloads of money like they use to but the times have changed...either adjust or fight a losing battle!! There will always be pirates.....just make it easier and cheap enough for the regular folks and they will never think about pirating!

princeton princeton said:

@Princeton By your logic, since I would never purchase any software in the first place, it is OK for me to just pirate a copy and use it, as the creators of the software would not loose any money.

Though stealing the computer that runs the software is a crime.

Seems to me you are attempting to justify a crime.

crime

? ?noun

1. an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.

2. criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.

3. the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.

4. any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.

5. a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin.

Keep attacking that strawman buddy, it won't make your argument any more valid. I never condoned piracy, and I never claimed piracy was okay. I simply pointed out the failures in logic and the false analogies used in TomSEA's arguments.

You might also want to read over the article I posted about straw man arguments, as it would have prevented you from making such an embarrassing post. You'll have to disable java script  to view it though, because people who share the views of people like you and TomSEA have pushed Wikipedia to block all English articles on their site due to abhorred legislation regarding the subject of piracy.

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