Freelancer Cari Lynn is contributing to Deadline’s coverage.
Add the News Corp COO to the list of Big Media execs who believe that they were simply misunderstood in the debate that led Congress to put aside the Hollywood supported anti-piracy bills. “Clearly this got turned upside down, the whole issue,” he said at a conference sponsored by All Things D. Despite the claims of opponents, including those in the tech industry, the proposals empowering the government to block overseas Web pirates “isn’t about censorship…If they did it in the U.S., they’d be shut down. So they moved it offshore. You should still be able to shut them down.” He seemed to take a subtle dig at the MPAA for not making the industry’s case more effectively as opponents turned the issue into a populist crusade. “If you look at what went on, you’d say that was not a process to replicate,” Carey says. The creative community didn’t “anticipate the viral aspect and message getting twisted.”
Speaking of things going awry, Carey also defended News Corp’s handling of the UK phone hacking scandal. After what he called “a difficult and challenging year,” he says that the company is “committed to put things right, cooperating with authorities.” As for how the scandal will play out, he says that UK “authorities will control timeframe” adding that News Corp “would like to move forward as quickly as (we) can.” Carey says that there’s “no substance” to the suspicion that the company may have also violated people’s privacy in the U.S.