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The United States Congress [...] is now incapable o passing laws without permissionrom the corporate lobbies and other special interests that control their campaigninances.
Former Vice President o the United States
Viewed up close, copyright bears little resemblance to the kinds o property that conservatives value. Instead, it looks like a constantly expanding government program run or the beneit o a noisy, well-organized interest group.
Former Assistant Secretary or Policy at theDepartment o Homeland Security, under President George W. Bush
Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ or support need to understand that thisindustry is watching very careully who’s going to stand up or them when their job isat stake. Don’t ask me to write a check or you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.
- Chris Dodd
Chairman o the Motion Picture Association o America andFormer Senator o the United States
The criminal prosecution o Megaupload and Kim Dotcom is purportedly the
“largest copyright case in history,”
involving tens o millions o users around the world, and yet it is ounded on highlydubious legal principles and apparently propelled by the White House’s desire to molliy the motionpicture industry in exchange or campaign contributions and political support.The U.S. government’s attack on the popular cloud storage service Megaupload and the dramatizedarrest o Kim Dotcom, the company’s principal ounder – together with the seizure o all theirworldwide assets – represents one o the clearest examples o prosecutorial overreach in recenthistory. One day aer the U.S. Congress ailed to enact the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act(SOPA), the executive branch o the U.S. government commandeered Megaupload in a coordinated
“The Future: Six Drivers o Global Change,”
by Al Gore, Random House, 2013.Mr. Baker’s quote was irst published in the Wall Street Journal in 2004. The excerpt is cited by the author in a blogpost here:
“Hollywood Lobbyist Threatens to Cut Of Obama,”