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The President of the Directors Guild of America, Taylor Hackford, thinks that last month’s campaign against internet piracy laws like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) was full of baloney. The Oscar-winning Hackford spoke with Patt on Wednesday about how internet piracy is hurting Hollywood -- and by that hurting movie lovers -- but now voices from other sides chime in with a different perspective. Hackford told Patt that legislation like SOPA and PIPA protects content created by filmmakers, but others maintain that these proposed laws could undercut civil liberties, undermine free speech, and hurt U.S. businesses. Organizations such as Google and Wikipedia battled these bills, and maintain that their companies do not support film piracy. Google’s “End Piracy, Not Liberty” page reads in part, “We at Google remain committed to working to address the problem of piracy without compromising our freedoms and risking our industry’s track record of innovation and job creation.”
Jon Fox, consumer advocate, CalPirg
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