How Yesterday’s Sopa Fight Changed Washington

An outside-in online campaign wrecked the Motion Picture Association of America’s campaign’s attempt to toughen intellectual property law.

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We were emailing with a Senate staffer yesterday about the remarkable collapse of the Stop Online Piracy Act, with a Senate stampede away from the legislation that started with a Facebook post from Florida Republican Marco Rubio.

The staffer wrote:

How does [Motion Picture Association of America chief] Chris Dodd justify keeping his over-paid job after today? For that matter, how does any trade association president continue to justify their salary? Speaking with inside perspective, today represented big shift from power of lobbyists to power of media, social networks, and great PR.

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