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MPAA Supports Republican Platform on Copyright Issues
August 29, 2012
Thomas Mennecke
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Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman of the MPAA and Democrat who once chaired the Democratic Committee, probably had to chew through wood to write, or at least endorse, today's statement in support of the Republican Party. In any event, if you're looking for another reason not to support the Republican party this fall, or any fall for that matter, you might want to take a look at the MPAA's position on the Republican party...

"The Republican Party platform language strikes a very smart balance: it emphasizes the importance of us doing more as a nation to protect our intellectual property from online theft while underscoring the critical importance of protecting internet freedom. As the party points out, the internet has been for its entire existence a source of innovation, and it is intellectual property that helps drive that innovation. Copyright is the cornerstone of innovation; it allows creators to benefit from what they create.

As Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor – herself once a Republican elected official – wrote, ‘[I]t should not be forgotten that the Framers intended copyright itself to be the engine of free expression. By establishing a marketable right to the use of one's expression, copyright supplies the economic incentive to create and disseminate ideas.’

I agree wholeheartedly with my friends in the Republican Party that we must protect the free flow of information on the internet while also protecting American innovators. It is imperative to our national economy and our national identity that we protect an internet that works for everyone."

Sure, the language sounds balanced - protect copyrights as well as free speech - but netizens are justifiably skeptical considering the flurry of domain closures such as Oh, and Sandy Day has become quite disillusioned with the Republican Party after Bush Part II took power...

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