The Republican Study Committee released, and quickly retracted, a rather fantastic copyright reform memo last month. Though the political group apparently wants to forget the report ever happened, advocates of copyright reform across the Internet have latched onto it as a symbol of sanity in an otherwise crazy world. The staffer behind the memo, Derek Khanna, received a lot of praise from outsiders, but those within the Republican party apparently didn't think so highly of him. When Congress comes back in January, he'll be out of a job.
Republican Study Committee
If you're the Republican party, how do you win the youth vote? A good idea would be to take a stance in support of something that the youth appear to have an interest in. Perhaps this was in the mind of House Republicans when the Republican Study Committee released a policy brief titled "Three Myths about Copyright Law and Where to Start to Fix it" on Friday. Unfortunately, it appears that not everyone agrees. Whether it's because of lobbyists or dissenting viewpoints, the group retracted their brief on the grounds that it had been disseminated "without adequate review within the RSC" less than 24 hours after it first went out.