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MPAA Lauds GOP Language on Copyright Protection and Internet Freedom

29 Aug, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Motion Picture Association of America CEO Christopher Dodd Aug. 29 applauded the Republican Party’s platform language on intellectual property and Internet freedom revealed during the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla.

Dodd, a former 30-year Democratic senator from Connecticut, said he believes the GOP stance of respecting intellectual copyright without undue regulation imposed on online businesses is a “smart balance” underscoring the Web’s existence as a source of innovation, ecommerce and job creation.

At issue are industry and legislative attempts to strengthen online copyright protections that have met resistance from technology companies. The “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) in the House and the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) in the Senate were introduced to strengthen safeguards against intellectual property theft and copyright infringement on the Internet.

Both provisions were halted after several Web services — including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo, among others — threatened blackouts if stricter safeguards were enacted.

“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,” Dodd said in a statement. “It is imperative to our national economy and our national identity that we protect an internet that works for everyone.”

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