Dance we did to pop chart behemoths like "Your Love Is My Drug" -- a sensible dedication to President Obama, as we were all riding a high on giddiness fueled, in large part, by our personal admiration for our Commander-in-Chief.
Regarding the role of the National Rifle Association in a nation that has witnessed far too many killings of far too many innocents, in a nation with far too many of the kind of weapons that are best left to Navy SEALs killing enemy terrorists, I write today to reach out.
The Motion Picture Association of America has never written me a paycheck for anything. They're not backing my picture. These are not nice guys. They are not in this business to help filmmakers at all.
Whenever there is an international trade agreement negotiation, Hollywood jumps in, takes over, and starts driving the crazy train off a cliff by demanding all kinds of nonsense in the name of "stopping piracy."
It's time for Congressional leaders to use the learning experience of the SOPA/PIPA debate to throw off their generational blinders and find a way to concede power gracefully to a new generation with new ideas.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate are well meaning, but if passed, will be destructive to internet freedoms we've all come to expect.
Not only is there no evidence that anti-piracy education programs build a stronger "culture of intellectual property." There's also little evidence that enforcement works -- splashy raids haven't reduced piracy.