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The Hill Quotes Stewart Baker on Controversial Copyright Brief

December 13, 2012

Steptoe partner Stewart Baker, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, was quoted in The Hill’s technology blog Hillicon Valley, in a December 7 blog post titled “Report: Author of Controversial Copyright Brief Fired from RSC.”  The blog post discusses the firing of a Republican Study Committee staffer, Derek Khanna, who authored a policy brief that gave a searing review of existing copyright law.  According to the blog post, the brief sparked an outcry from copyright reform advocates and adversaries. 

Mr. Baker says the fracas over the policy brief signals a future fight in the Republican Party over its stance on copyright policy.

“[Khanna] is in the vanguard of a sea change that the party is going through led by Tea Party Republicans whose first exposure to this issue was the fight over [the Stop Online Piracy Act],” Mr. Baker says.  “It’s clear that folks who believe in very strong copyright enforcement haven’t given up, but they really have a fight on their hands, and that’s in part to Derek.”

The full blog post can be read at The Hill.