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Web creator Berners blames music industry for trying to stop openness

Lyon, Fri, 20 Apr 2012 ANI

Lyon, Apr 20 (ANI): Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the computer wizard who created the World Wide Web, has criticised the music industry for trying to stop the openness of the web.

Addressing a conference in Lyon, France, he claimed that the record labels have had 'too narrow a focus' concerning the internet.

"Record labels have a very strong voice when it comes to arguing for their particular business model, which is in fact out of date. The result is that laws have been created which make out as if the only problem on the internet is teenagers stealing music," the Telegraph quoted Berners, as saying.

Berners-Lee criticized several recent pieces of controversial legislation, such as SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA, which have reportedly tried to quash internet piracy and have been backed by record labels.

Tim argued there is a need for a better system of getting money back to the creator of music, but he believed that the process didn't need a record label to be involved.

His comments came in after he called the Government's proposals, of allowing security services to monitor websites that people are viewing and their online communications, be blocked. (ANI)


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