The Madeleine Brand Show for December 15, 2011

Stop Online Piracy Act pits Hollywood against Silicon Valley

Executive Chairman of Google, Dr. Eric E. Schmidt


Executive Chairman of Google, Dr. Eric E. Schmidt, pictured on Dec. 12, 2011. While Hollywood is pushing for legislation to crack down on online piracy, Northern California companies like Google are in disagreement.

Hollywood has long seen piracy as a threat to the industry. They've been pushing for legislation that would clamp down on websites that facilitate illegal downloads. Tech interests in Silicon Valley have been pushing back. They say the proposed legislation would throttle the web. The argument comes to a head Thursday in Washington, where the House Judiciary committee will consider the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA. KPCC's Washington bureau chief, Kitty Felde, joins Madeleine with an update.


Kitty Felde, KPCC reporter

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