GOP staffer who authored copyright-reform paper loses job

Both political parties, however, have ties to the entertainment industry, and during the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) saga, Republicans were the first to abandon their support of the legislation after massive online protests against the legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for example, had taken $3.5 million in campaign donations from industry groups and companies that supported SOPA, which TheDC previously reported.

Scott Cleland, president of Precursor, a Fortune 500 consultancy, wrote in a blog post Wednesday that copyright reform “has been a pet issue of the tech-left for over a decade.”

“The tech-left would love for their ideological foes to lead the charge on one of their strategic issues that they could not advance themselves and let conservatives take the hits that they are unwilling to take themselves,” said Cleland.

“The tech-left, i.e. Professor Lessig‘s Free Culture/CopyLeft movement and the Googleled Internet lobby, is hostile to copyright and intellectual property rights in general because they seek a property-less, Internet commons where “information wants to be free” (of cost.),” he wrote.

Jerry Brito, senior research fellow at George Mason’s Mercatus Center and author of the book, Copyright Unbalanced: From Incentive to Excess, wrote on Monday: “Conservatives and libertarians, who are naturally suspicious of big government, should be skeptical of our ever-expanding copyright system.”

Brito also said that conservatives and libertarians “should also be skeptical of the recent trend toward criminal prosecution of even minor copyright infringements, of the growing use of civil asset forfeiture in copyright enforcement, and of attempts to regulate the Internet and electronics in the name of piracy eradication.”

Former Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd, who heads the Hollywood trade association, Motion Picture Association of America, urged the entertainment industry and technology industry to work together, in a conference keynote speech he delivered Thursday.

Dodd, who suffered a large portion of the criticism during the SOPA saga, said that Hollywood and Silicon Valley have more in common than they have differences.

“Not only does Hollywood work closely with Silicon Valley to create and promote films; Hollywood film and television creators are tech companies,” said Dodd.

“They celebrate innovation through the world’s most cutting-edge content, and they embrace technology as imperative to the success of the creators in their community,” said Dodd.

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