Posted by: mulrickillion | January 20, 2012

In Piracy Bill Fight, New Economy Rises Against Old

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The Web sites on Wednesday of, clockwise from top left, Google, Mozilla, Wired and Wikipedia.

Jonathan Weisman, Jan 18, 2012 — WASHINGTON — When the powerful world of old media mobilized to win passage of an online antipiracy bill, it marshaled the reliable giants of K Street — the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America and, of course, the motion picture lobby, with its new chairman, former Senator Christopher J. Dodd, the Connecticut Democrat and an insider’s insider.

Yet on Wednesday this formidable old guard was forced to make way for the new as Web powerhouses backed by Internet activists rallied opposition to the legislation through Internet blackouts and cascading criticism, sending an unmistakable message to lawmakers grappling with new media issues: Don’t mess with the Internet.

As a result, the legislative battle over two once-obscure bills to combat the piracy of American movies, music, books and writing on the World Wide Web may prove to be a turning point for the way business is done in Washington. It represented a moment when the new economy rose up against the old. . . .

In Piracy Bill Fight, New Economy Rises Against Old – NYTimes.com

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