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GOP dragged back into line by Big Content
by Nick Farrell on20 November 2012
Wanted to sound more reasonable
Moves by the US Republicans to start sounding reasonable on the subject of software piracy have been slapped down by Big Content. The GOP had just released a position paper with the catchy title of “Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it.”
It called for a raft of eminently sensible reforms to copyright law, including expanding and clarifying fair use, reaffirming that copyright's purpose is to serve the public interest, to limit statutory damages for copyright infringement,punishing false copyright claims and to limit copyright terms.
This was a good documents from the Republicans who were canned by the public perception that they were in the pockets of big business during the election. However the problem was that while they might want to appear that they are not in the pockets of big business it appears that they still are.
Less than 24 hours after the document was released entertainment industry's lobbyists to bullied the House Republican Study Committee into retracting it. Not only were they forced to retract it, they even had to say they were sorry to big content claiming that the paper "was published without adequate review."