I have previously written about the sensible monograph on copyright reform briefly published by the Republican Study Committee [sic] which created 1) consternation 2) thoughtful discussion and 3) massive blowback.
Too much of a good think apparently for the thoughtful ruling class of the Republican Party. Today’s hillybilly congressman, this one from Louisiana, Steve Scalise, is the new head of the alleged Republican Study Committee and we learned today that Derek Khanna (@dkhanna11) the author of the absurdly thoughtful report has been fired. As reported in Ars Technica:
The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request.
Chalk another one up for the House of Representatives’ monumental courage and intellectual clarity. Or not. Mickey wins, again.
Oh, by the way, In 2011, Rep. Scalise became a co-sponsor of Bill H.R.3261 otherwise known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (withdrawn Jan 23, 2012)