Thursday, April 29, 2010

"Child pornography is great" says Danish music industry lobbyist

Michael M suggested this Boing Boing headline might be the headline of the year:

Music industry spokesman loves child porn

The story comes from Pirate MEP Christian Engstrom's website:
"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".

The venue was a seminar organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm on May 27, 2007, under the title "Sweden -- A Safe Haven for Pirates?". The speaker was Johan Schlüter from the Danish Anti-Piracy Group, a lobby organization for the music and film industry associations, like IFPI and others...

"One day we will have a giant filter that we develop in close cooperation with IFPI and MPA. We continuously monitor the child porn on the net, to show the politicians that filtering works. Child porn is an issue they understand," Johan Schlüter said with a grin, his whole being radiating pride and enthusiasm from the podium.

How brilliant, eh, that kids are being raped and abused because of the upside for the record labels? Sure, if one or two of those kids might, you know, disappear, they're just collateral damage in the bigger war of keeping Bono in the manner to which he's become accustomed, right?

Interesting to discover that the music industry lobbyists are "monitoring child porn sites" - isn't that what got Pete Townshend into trouble?


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