Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson was one of the prominent critics of the SOPA and PIPA legislation in the US, arguing that it could have hugely harmful effects for the kind of tech startups his company invests in. But he’s not against action being taken against sites with a proven piracy focus. Wilson told a New York conference about his idea for “an independent body that essentially created a black and white list… The black list are those sites we all know are bad news. We all know who the good guys are who are truly licensed and are operating legitimately. And we know who the bad guys are.” He also called for more pro-active licensing – although he was talking more about the TV industry. “As convenient as turning on your TV and watching HBO, that’s how convenient it has to be. The content industry has not made this content convenient to access on the internet and as a result everybody, and I mean everybody, is a pirate.”

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