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Background: Friday, the Republican Study Committee released a policy brief outlining several problems with current copyright laws and suggesting sensible reforms for copyright law. Just a few hours later, the report was withdrawn and removed from the web, along with a statement from the Committee claiming the brief was "published without adequate review."
The following may be attributed to Gigi Sohn, President and CEO of Public Knowledge:
"It's amazing how quickly good ideas about copyright law can be squashed by incumbent interests in the entertainment industry. While artists and users alike have been talking about necessary reforms for years, these industry lobbyists don't even want this conversation to take place. The ideas put forth in the policy brief are long overdue for serious discussion and debate in Congress, and it's galling to see that powerful members of the content industry want to suppress them.
"For too long, sensible copyright policy was the domain of only a few farsighted members, largely overlooked by Congress at large, and dominated by talking points from the RIAA and MPAA that are increasingly divorced from reality. We hope that this initial release does in fact reflect a serious effort to move the Congressional dialogue on copyright forward to deal with the problems that citizens, consumers, and creators have long recognized."
A link to the brief can be found here