How Republicans Can Punish Hollywood

The first thing they can do is by shoving the Intellectual Property Protection Act right back up Hollywood’s ass. The entertainment industry is practically a PR arm of the Democratic National Committee, so it really makes no sense from a political perspective to reward their support of your opposition with quick, under-the-radar action.

From Wired:

The Senate might vote on the Intellectual Property Protection Act, a comprehensive bill that opponents charge could make many users of peer-to-peer networks, digital-music players and other products criminally liable for copyright infringement. The bill would also undo centuries of “fair use” — the principle that gives Americans the right to use small samples of the works of others without having to ask permission or pay.

…[T]he Senate Judiciary Committee chairmanship of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will expire next year, with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania) in line to take over the committee. Bill opponents hope Specter would take a different approach to copyright law than Hatch, who has been an advocate of several bills that have rankled public-interest, technology and consumer-electronics camps.

The entertainment industry has been lobbying hard for quick Senate passage during the lame-duck session, with opponents gearing up for a tough fight.

Hollywood’s involvement has even irked the American Conservative Union, which holds considerable sway with conservative Republicans in Congress. The ACU plans a major print ad campaign this week to oppose the bill, mainly because some provisions would require the Justice Department to file civil copyright lawsuits on behalf of the entertainment industry.

“It’s just plain wrong to make the Department of Justice Hollywood’s law firm,” said Stacie Rumenap, ACU’s deputy director.Since Specter is already on the hot seat, it’s probably worth finding out if he supports your right to fast forward through commercials on your TiVo. That is supposedly one of the things that the entertainment lobby is hoping to outlaw.

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