FROM Miles Feldman
SOPA: Silicon Valley and Hollywood on Capitol Hill PIPA, the Protect Intellectual Property 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: Silicon Valley, which flexed its muscles yesterday when Wikipedia, Reddit and 10,000 other websites were blacked out. Washington got the message. Where did Hollywood go wrong? What can it do now to protect its products?
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?
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