Right after the Presidential election last week, Chris Sprigman and Kal Raustiala penned an opinion piece suggesting that one way the Republicans could "reset", and actually attract the youth vote, would be to become the party of copyright reform. We had actually wondered if that was going to happen back during the SOPA fight, when it was the Republicans who bailed on the bill, while most of those who kept supporting it were Democrats. Since then, however, there hadn't been much movement. Until now. Late on Friday, the Republican Study Committee, which is the caucus for the House Republicans, released an amazing document debunking various myths about copyright law and suggesting key reforms.Among other things, it stated that the purpose of copyright is to benefit society, not to provide a revenue stream to content owners, and among other things, calls for an expansion of fair use.
Basically, they said all the things that I have been saying for years.
Have no fear though. Less than 24 hours later, the IP Mafia browbeat them into withdrawing the report.
Well, there's another chance to pick up the youth vote that they just pissed away.
H/t Firedog Lake;
A copy of the Report from the Republican Study Committee after the break: