Monthly Archives: January 2012

Obama Gives Hollywood the Cold Shoulder

Northern California technology companies and Southern California entertainment firms have been engaged in a public relations and lobbying war over pending legislation in the House and Senate.

The legislation purports to address Internet piracy, and Hollywood has already lost a key battle involving it.

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, and the corresponding PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, would purportedly expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods.

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Secret White House Hollywood Party Exposed

Up until now the Obama administration had managed to keep secret from the public the existence of an extravagant White House social gathering, which took place a few years back. Officials apparently thought that aspects of the party could potentially have been harmful to the president’s image.

The event in question was a gaudy costume ball with an “Alice in Wonderland” theme, which had evidently been planned by actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton.

New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor wrote about the 2009 Halloween event in her new book titled “The Obamas.”

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