The Motion Picture Association of America, lead by former Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Dodd, approves of what the Republicans have to say about protecting intellectual property and internet freedom in their party platform. The GOP platform, which was formally approved last night at the party’s convention in Tampa, Florida, strongly advocates internet freedom, especially in terms of deregulation, innovation, competition. The GOP also doesn’t want to “shift control away from the successful multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance and toward governance by international or other intergovernmental organizations.” In terms of piracy, the GOP platform states that “punitive measures will be imposed on foreign firms that misappropriate American technology and intellectual property.” Here’s what the MPAA had to say in response:
“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.”
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