The Motion Picture Association of America and its member studios are pushing back after this week’s high-profile campaign against Internet piracy legislation, and are pledging $3 million to a print and online ad campaign to support the Stop Online Piracy Act, reports the New York Post.
As previously reported, 4.5 million people signed a Google petition to protest SOPA and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), prodded by a blackout Wednesday of some Internet sites, which was led by Wikipedia and Google.
The Republican candidates for president were asked about SOPA during a CNN debate Thursday night, January 19, 2012. Ron Paul said he’s opposed to SOPA, though he said most Republican lawmakers in Congress are not. Candidates Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney also said they are opposed to SOPA is its current form. Santorum said he thinks copyright protections are necessary, but that more targeted legislation might be a better solution.
The industry ad campaign will stress the importance of protecting content creators from piracy, with the angle of keeping U.S. jobs safe, the story notes. The Directors Guild of America is also thought to be joining in the initiative, according to the piece.