“There’s no easy answer,” he said in response to a question from Juan Manuel Benitez of NY1 Noticias. “You have to protect the rights of people to transmit information in a practical sense.”
The mayor reached for an old-fashioned comparison for today’s digital age, telling reporters, ”If you make a threatening phone call over the telephone, going after the telephone company is not something that makes some sense.”
But he added, “I am very sensitive to the people that create the content. People that create something deserve…[to be].. compensated for it. And I think everybody has an obligation to help make sure that there is not piracy. Piracy hurts everybody, and so they’ve got to come to some agreement in Washington that protects the rights of the content owners, at the same time is something that is enforceable. But I think to just say, ‘Anybody has a right to- we can’t stop it, so just have piracy,’ is not the right answer to that.”
The legislation is in the news today especially as members of the tech community have rallied in Manhattan today against the legislation and websites like Wikipedia and Reddit have gone dark.
Mayor Bloomberg split the baby answer here shows how he must straddle this divide in both his political and business life. On the one hand, he has pushed for the city to become a center of the burgeoning global tech scene, and those techsters say that the bill will harm their ability to create new industries. On the other hand, the mayor has pushed for the city to become a destination of the film industry, and they say that online piracy is damaging their business.