As Hollywood trade associations and unions try to engage their rank and file to press lawmakers to support a major piece of anti-piracy legislation, groups that oppose the bill are taking to the airwaves with an ad featuring one of the bill's high-profile critics, Justin Bieber.
DemandProgress and Fight for the Future plan to run a spot in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market this week on cable this week, just as the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act.
The ad calls the legislation an "Internet censorship" bill, and points out that Justin Bieber recently said that Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), co-sponsor of a companion piece of legislation in the Senate, needs to be "locked up." The bill would up the penalties for illegally streaming of copyrighted material by making it a felony, although supporters point out that it would not threaten user-generated creations on YouTube and elsewhere that made Bieber famous.
The ad --- which also tries to appeal to the Occupy Wall Street movement --- is below.
Harwood's Take: The New York Times' John Harwood writes that he almost missed giving Texas Gov. Rick Perry the chance to refresh his memory in his now infamous debate gaffe. Instead a producer shouted into his earpiece to followup with Perry, which extended a cringe provoking moment even more. Harwood said that the messages he got afterward were from Cain supporters, upset that the sexual harassment allegations were broached.
Harwood writes, :A woman I dated 30 years ago, whose Facebook profile photo is a snapshot of her with Mr. Cain, sent me a “shame on you” message for raising the harassment accusations."
Chelsea to NBC: Chelsea Clinton is joining NBC News as a special correspondent for the network's "Making a Difference" series. (New York Times).
Today: The MPAA salutes Ronald Reagan in his centennial year, with a morning panel at the org's DC headquarters and an event tonight at the Hay Adams Hotel.