Hollywood Dominates Debate Over Online Piracy Bills
Professor Mark Lemley spoke with Craig Anderson of the Daily Journal on how Hollywood has out-lobbied Silicon Valley in regards to various online piracy bills being pushed through the House and Senate.
Outgunned and out-organized by the entertainment industry and its allies, technology companies face an uphill battle against proposed federal legislation that would make it a lot easier for content owners to squelch websites that host infringing material.
Frustrated by online piracy they say has become more prevalent, Hollywood studios and the recording industry cobbled together a coalition to push legislation that would change the rules governing the Internet.
"The Hollywood lobbying machine simply outclasses Silicon Valley's," said Mark A. Lemley, a Stanford Law School professor and leading opponent of the legislation.