Netflix Super PAC Supports SOPA

NetflixSo you thought that $8 a month was a sweet deal? Well, guess what else comes with it. Stephen C. Webster reports on RAW Story:

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts.

In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.

The FEC filing, made April 5, was first spotted by Politico. The company has seen its spending on federal lobbying ramp up in recent years, going from approximately $20,000 in 2009 to half a million in 2011, amid heated debates in Washington over restrictions on Americans’ Internet use.

Those restrictions, represented most clearly in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), were initially supported by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who reportedly sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce expressing solidarity with that bill’s ultimate goals. But as the Internet backlash began and a growing number of major websites joined a mass work stoppage protest earlier this year, the company insisted to reporters it had been “neutral” on the matter all along …

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  • http://twitter.com/alizardx A.Lizard

    I guess it’s time for people who’ve been on the fence about staying with Netflix to unsub and accelerate Netflix financial troubles. 

    • Jesus

      They are a business that Streams media for people too stupid to download it illegally. Let the Suppoert SOPA all they want i use netflix as a front for Piracy love them. Being dead for three days last weekend has given me time to think…

  • Rescued Relics

    (cough cough) http://www.siliconbeat.com/2012/04/09/netflix-stories-about-our-new-pac-and-sopa-are-not-true/

  • Chow5810

    this story is false.

    • Redacted

      Your mom is false.

  • Kr Morris1

    I just cancelled my netflix account

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Andrew-DeBoard/661165331 Brent Andrew DeBoard

    Of course they would.

  • Okarin

    was gonna say the natural conclusion too, but since it isn’t the true then the same line can be said of the otherside, the morality in piracy is just a front for the real money motive in which the moral front is a nice way to keep things profitable at the expense of progress

  • Nsync

    netflix is piracy. they buy in bulk from money they loaned from the government or banks and then sell it at a higher price. Getting something for nothing is the definition of piracy and digital cash just typed into the computer is nothing, government subsidies are also something for nothing.  The only good thing about netflix is the IT personal which make the technology possible, the executives are the dumbest people i have ever seen heading a company. There are  several competitors . I dont even watch movies these days because of this crap and I stream music since i already pay for a connect and I dont have time to listen to music unless im in the car or the computer bored. And if they start blocking all these distractions ill just get creative myself and run my own puppet show in my neighborhood for the kids and create my own music and several creative alternative  music videos for kenny loggins danger zone, which is the only song i truly like. This is actually good for anti sopa folks, it just creates more undesired attention to the greed and ignorance of the corporate elite who are desperately trying to hold on to their secluded posts outside of the real human condition. They still have not realized that they work for us and all the money they get are just to keep them in their prison without bars sitting on their fake thrones. Real human bliss is care free good times enjoying simple joys. Not natural power plays that only causes people to die out of dissatisfaction. All these greedy bastard are just an example of what not to do in your day to day life when people intrust you with responsibility over certain aspect of our interactions.   The key to first world living is to not be neurotic, overly intense, greedy and serious its all a temporary state of being to the cosmos we shall return. Everybody wants to rule the world…

  • http://www.jaycob.co.nf/ Scruffy

    There are people we should be allowed to spit on legally.

    • Calypso_1

      no

      • http://www.jaycob.co.nf/ Scruffy

         … but shooting them’s ok

        • Calypso_1

          only when they spit on you.
          spitting is an act of assault.

  • blaaaaaaaaaaah

    So should I switch to Amazons Prime?  I like to watch movies because I have no friends but I would like to do that in a responsible way with the little bit of money I have.  I have always asked my smart friends how to download illegally but they don’t have patience and call me stupid which is why I’m not friends with them anymore! Plus I think by paying I hope the artist will donate to charity and that is a good thing.  I like RedBox but then that means I have to leave my bed, get dressed and showered, too much effort.  Really I should go to the Library are they part of any PACs?  How can I be a responsible consumer of entertainment, ugh! 

  • Vinny Boombotz

    Netflix Asserts That it Has no Interest in Supporting SOPA, or so they claim…

    http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/04/10/netflix-our-pac-has-nothing-to-do-with-supporting-sopa-or-pipa/
     

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