SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill
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Yesterday's Internet blackout was evidence that Silicon Valley is a new power on Capitol Hill. Bills designed to protect against online piracy are due for amendment, if not death. Where did Hollywood go wrong? What can it do now to protect its products? Also, can Newt Gingrich redeem himself? On Reporter's Notebook, the bankruptcy filing of Eastman Kodak.
Banner image: A laptop computer displays Wikipedia's front page showing a darkened logo on January 18, 2012. The website has shut down it's English language service for 24 hours in protest over the US anti-piracy laws. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Can Newt Gingrich Redeem Himself? ()
Two days before the South Carolina primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his presidential campaign today and threw his support to Newt Gingrich. As the former House Speaker got that good news, ABC News released excerpts of an interview with his second wife, Marianne, who claims he lacks the moral character to be president. Interviewed by ABC's Brian Ross, she talked about Gingrich's affair with his now third wife, Calista. Matthew Cooper is Editor of the National Journal Daily.
SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill ()
PIPA, the Protect IP Act, was passed unanimously by the Senate Judiciary Committee just last year. In the House, SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, had been moving along. But Hollywood's effort to protect its products has run into another competing special interest group. Yesterday's blackout by Wikipedia and 10,000 other Internet websites demonstrated a new kind of political power that Washington can no longer ignore. While Hollywood claims Internet piracy will destroy the film industry, Silicon Valley says proposed laws are a threat to freedom online. Does changing technology require new ways of protecting intellectual property? Could Hollywood help itself by making better movies?
- Jim Puzzanghera: Los Angeles Times
- Miles Feldman: trial attorney and litigator
- Marissa Gluck: Radar Research, @marissagluck
- Kim Masters: Hollywood Reporter, @kimmasters
A Photographer's Tribute, as Kodak Files for Bankruptcy ()
Eastman Kodak, synonymous with "good photography" for more than 100 years, has filed for bankruptcy. Its brightest hope is sale of the patents that helped to create an art form. Remember film? In the 1980's, Eastman Kodak employed 62,000 people in Rochester New York, 130,000 worldwide. Last year there were 7000 in Rochester and 17,000 worldwide. But the loss of jobs is the only casualty of the filing for Chapter 11. Eamonn McCabe is Picture Editor for the Guardian newspaper and a photographer himself.
- Eamonn McCabe: The Guardian
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