An interesting discussion on the SOPA/PIPA bills took place this week on the popular podcast This Week in Tech.
While host and TWiT network founder Leo Laporte argued that content creators should just accept a certain level of piracy, guest Nilay Patel of TheVerge.com countered that some solution to dealing with online piracy needs to be found. Both agree that SOPA and PIPA are not the answer.
Ultimately the participants came to the conclusion that the technology industry needs to be more aggressive in its lobbying efforts.
Maplight.org discovered that Hollywood contributed almost 4 times the amount of money to SOPA’s sponsors as compared with Internet and software companies. The bill’s 32 sponsors received $1,983,596 in campaign contributions from Hollywood interests with just over $524,977 coming to those members from Silicon Valley.