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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Trashes SOPA On OutFront

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was a guest on Erin Burnett OutFront Tuesday night, and said that while he’s a believer in protecting copyright, and believes that the system in place — where a copyright holder tells a site to take something down — works best, he’s against “placing all kinds of burdens on community-generated” sites, which burden them with the impossible task of policing everything that their users are doing.

“I’m a big believer that we should be dealing with the issues of privacy, and we should deal with them in a serious way,” Wales said, “but this bill is not the right bill.”

Burnett asked if something like the site “Pirate Bay,” which houses popular TV shows and makes them available to users, was something Wales supports.

“For me, I think that site is a problem,” Wales replied. He cautioned, however, that the way to fix the problem wasn’t to force Google to stop listing it, or Wikipedia to stop talking about it. “The right answer is follow the money. If you’ve got large-scale piracy going on, it’s the same as any other trade dispute.”

And on Rupert Murdoch’s Tweet that “Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy”?

“It’s such a ludicrous statement,” Wales said. “We’re a charity devoted to sharing free knowledge.”

Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of CNN:

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