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Yesterday, a collection of trade associations, including the RIAA, MPAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sent President Obama a letter [pdf] pressuring him to ratchet up protection and enforcement of intellectual property in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
In a blatant act of hypocrisy, Cary Sherman the chief
executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), as well as
his allies, are claiming that the public was misinformed about the Stop Online
Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP (PIPA) when they opposed those
bills. As Sherman said, “misinformation may be a dirty trick, but it
works.” His organization would know given that for more than a year the
RIAA, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and other pro-SOPA and
pro-PIPA allies actively engaged in misinforming Congress on the implications
of the SOPA and PIPA.
Former Senator Chris Dodd has been buttering the popcorn of movie theater owners since becoming Hollywood's chief lobbyist. So it's not surprising to see the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the MPAA commiserating together over what happened to SOPA. They're united in the delusion that the revolt of Internet users was started and orchestrated by Google--it's more comforting, no doubt, to paint a large corporation as the bad guy, instead of facing up to the reality of a populist revolt against your own greed and overreach.
Yesterday was absolutely one of those days that reminds me why I stay in public advocacy. I’m a democracy junkie. Yes, I admit it. The sight of literally millions of people remembering that they are citizens and not just consumers gets me juiced.
The good news is that by every possible metric, SOPAStrike was an enormous success. We absolutely shocked the poop out of members of Congress and broke through the infamous “Washington bubble” that separates our elected officials from what is actually going on in the real world. As a result, we forced more than 20 Senators to come out publicly against PIPA/SOPA, including a number of co-sponsors withdrawing support. Fantastic!
This is the question that is before Congress as it
decides on what to do with the Domain Name Server filtering provisions in the
Stopping Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Public
Knowledge has advocated from the beginning against this provision because it
would make the Internet less secure, sacrifice our moral high ground
internationally, and to top it off it will do nothing to deter Internet
piracy. So while many would experience revulsion at the idea of adopting
any tool that is used in the Great Firewall of China, the proponents of SOPA
and PIPA have in fact, embraced it.