MPAA Tells Candidates That Anti-Piracy Measures Remain A “Critical” Priority

By and | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 1:52pm PDT

Hollywood moguls haven’t given up on their goal of  persuading Congress to adopt anti-piracy initiatives. But their lobby group the MPAA is promoting the controversial issue gingerly, issuing today its first-ever election-season memo of stats and talking points for candidates and “interested parties.” It extols Hollywood’s multibillion-dollar contribution to the economy and employment, as well as technological innovation. But it also promotes the need for new copyright protection strategies and opens the door to legislation similar to the Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), which were beaten back in January following vigorous opposition by the tech industry and free speech advocates. The document (read it here) says that copyright protection “is critical to ensuring” that entertainment companies can “benefit from their creations” online. It also says there’s no need to fear that the government might use new anti-piracy powers to crack down on dissident speech or legitimate Internet businesses. “We can protect creative works while ensuring that the Internet works for everyone,” the MPAA says.

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MPAA Tech Officer Paul Brigner Switches Sides In Internet Fight: Report

By | Saturday April 7, 2012 @ 7:11pm PDT

Paul Brigner, whom the MPAA hired in January 2011 as its chief technology officer, has left the industry’s trade and lobbying organization, CNET reports. He’s now a major critic of legislation championed by the MPAA such as the Stop … Read More »

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Internet Blackout: 7,000 Sites Join Wikipedia

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 11:48pm PST

Internet Blackout
As many as 7,000 websites are participating today in protests of some form or another against the U.S. House Of Representatives’ Stop Online Piracy Act and the U.S. Senate’s companion Protect IP Act. Some are going dark. … Read More »

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