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Jonathan Lamy, RIAA Spokesman, Hits Back At SOPA, PIPA Criticism After Wikipedia Blackout

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 01/18/12 01:38 PM ET Updated: 01/18/12 02:13 PM ET

The internet filled with snark on Wednesday, as a slew of websites went dark to protest anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA. Not to be outdone by journalists and teenagers, one supporter of the legislation also sounded off.

"After Wikipedia blackrout[sic], somewhere, a student today is doing original research and getting his/her facts straight. Perish the thought," tweeted Jonathan Lamy, Senior Vice President of Communication of the Recording Industry Association of America.

The RIAA has been one of the biggest supporters of SOPA and PIPA, lobbying aggressively and speaking out against internet piracy. They even donated thousands to SOPA author Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).

He later deleted the tweet, but Gizmodo took a screenshot as evidence.

Wikipedia is just one of thousands of websites who have blacked out in protest of the controversial legislation. Other websites that are partly or fully going dark in protest include Google, Reddit and Tumblr.

Critics of the legislation charge that it won't stop piracy at all and will only hurt law-abiding companies and free expression. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales called the bills "over broad and so badly written."

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