Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian
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Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian talks SOPA

5 live Investigates presenter Adrian Goldberg explains the new measures of enforcement laid out in the proposed United States SOPA Bill - and compares it to existing anti-piracy measures already operating in the UK.

Joining the discussion is Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of the social news website, Reddit, which has been at the forefront of the anti-SOPA campaign, having recently gone 'black' alongside websites such as Wikipedia, in protest of the bill.

Speaking in support of SOPA, Christopher Marcich, president and managing-director of the Motion Picture Association, Europe puts forward why the film industry is behind the proposed legislation.

Mr Ohanian says SOPA will restrict the creativity and development of the US technology industry and companies such as Spotify, which is revolutionising the music industry, would never get off-the-ground should SOPA be passed into law.

In response, Mr Marcich argues there are also tech companies, such as the recently shutdown Megaupload which he claims offer nothing in terms of creativity, and simply profit from the work of others.

This interview was first broadcast on Sunday, 22 January 2012 on 5 live Investigates. You can listen to the full programme online by downloading the 5 live Investigates podcast.

  • 23 Jan 2012