Netflix goes to Washington D.C. – forms PAC

In yet another move to boost its Washington profile, Netflix has formed a political action committee (PAC), new federal records indicate.

Called FLIXPAC, the committee may now make contributions donations directly to federal candidates — up to $5,000 per election.

And it provides Netflix with another political tool with which to aggressively press a pro-intellectual property, anti-video piracy agenda — an effort it began in earnest in 2010, when the company began heavily investing in federal lobbying efforts.

In 2009, for example, Netflix spent just $20,000 on federal lobbying, congressional records show. But that figure grew to $130,000 in 2010 and $500,000 in 2011.

via Politico

 

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A great debate on SOPA – understanding new business models and who is really losing money

Today, Wikipedia and hundreds of other sites are blacked out to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, SOPA.

It is a great effort and getting a ton of publicity, which is exactly what the goal was. The next step is education and progress.

A great place to start is with this debate between Leo Laporte and Nilay Patel. Both are content creators and experts in all things internet (Patel is even a former copyright attorney).

Listening to Leo’s points completely changed my point of view on this topic.

There is also an audio version (mp3).