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Hollywood and Silicon Valley: Who’s Backing Who?

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According to Salam and Ruffini,

Democrats have deep ties to Hollywood and to labor unions who staff Hollywood productions, which makes it hard for them to buck these interests and vote against PIPA. In contrast, they said, Republicans have few ties to groups that support PIPA, and they have a Tea Party faction that has grown increasingly invested in Internet freedom as it has become more reliant on the web for its own organization.

Both Salam and Ruffini emphasized that that they think that “Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture is a perfect fit for the GOP’s free-market policy agenda” and that the fight over online piracy legislation is a “golden opportunity for the GOP to build a lasting political alliance” with tech interests.

Notably, conservative Republican Darrell Issa of California is an opponent of SOPA and also, along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), the sponsor of a related bill, the OPEN ACT. This bill would make the International Trade Commission rather than the DOJ the enforcer for online piracy and also offers a narrower version of pirate websites.

Conservatives’ “general suspicion of big government” is indeed reflected in the arguments made against both SOPA and PIPA. Lee points out that the Tea Party is itself  a “decentralized movement organized largely online” which, accordingly, has a huge interest in keeping the internet as unregulated as possible. Republican philosophy and the belief in the free market both align ”naturally .. with the creative destruction that is a hallmark of the technology industry,” as Ruffini argues.

Is the opposition against SOPA and PIPA the harbinger of a new alliance between the GOP and the tech industry?


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2:08PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

Let's see some of you want to regulate Wall Street and other wealthy corporations, which I agree; but you don't want senseable regulation for a very wealthy tech industry that has gotten out of hand. You want to regulate and stop Murdoch from hiding behind free speech admendment, but you don't want to stop and regulate the internet from doing the same. Come on folks, that is what is call a double standard no matter how you slice it.

7:00PM PST on Jan 26, 2012


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5:06PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Interesting - thanks. (But I think you meant "Who's Backing Whom?)

1:39PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

@Cathryn C. Can't give you another Green Star, but thank you for your comment!

12:08PM PST on Jan 26, 2012

They should be focusing on China! You can't walk down any street in any Chinatown anywhere without seeing people standing on the sidewalk hawking pirated movies from China! I've seen them in London, New York City and Los Angeles and have friends who have seen them elsewhere!

10:22AM PST on Jan 26, 2012


9:41AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thanks Kristina.

9:02AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

These bills seem to be designed to protect those who steal intellectual property and have the money to block real creators to defend their work. Hollywood is notorious for taking peoples ideas. What if a big studio reads a script and refuses to option it. With in house writers they change it just enough to call it a separate creation. The music industry does the same thing. Take a Madonna song change the lyrics and give it to give it to Lady GA Bla. The same thing happens in the Corporate ART World. A couple of theses so called artists even hire impoverished third world artists to do the coping. Then they $ign it with their brand.

8:34AM PST on Jan 26, 2012

Thanks for info

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