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Hollywood Dominates Debate Over Online Piracy Bills

Publication Date: 
January 09, 2012
Source: 
Daily Journal
Author: 
Craig Anderson

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.

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"The Hollywood lobbying machine simply outclasses Silicon Valley's," said Mark A. Lemley, a Stanford Law School professor and leading opponent of the legislation.