Republican Study Committee issues, then pulls, Copyright Policy Brief

By Tracy Thompson posted 11-20-2012 10:41

The Huffington Post headline reads, "GOP Smart on Copyright for 24 Hours." The Hill reports "RSC yanks Policy Brief Bashing Copyright Law as Corporate Welfare."

On Nov. 16 the RSC issued this insightful Policy Brief, Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix It, authored by Georgetown Law student Derek Khanna. Before the weekend was over, the RSC's Executive Director Paul Teller had retracted the brief via e-mail, claiming it had not undergone adequate review. On the RSC site today, the link to the brief is broken and there is no apparent mention of the retraction.

It is being reported that the brief was pulled under pressure from the entertainment industry. Whatever the truth is, pulling the brief has only elevated its status. Khanna's brief has outlived its moment in the sun on the RSC website and has us all talking about rational copyright reform. Good work, Derek!