Republican Congressional Staffer Fired for Writing Unpopular Memo
3:13 PM, Dec 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Republican staffer in the House of Representatives has been fired for writing an unpopular memo. The crime? The memo suggested more lenient punishments for copyright offense.
"The paper proposed lighter punishments for copyright infringements and suggested shorter terms for copyrights. (Under current law, written works are under copyright for 75 years after the author's death.)," reports Tim Carney.
After upsetting the "powerful interests," the staffer was fired. "The staffer who wrote the memo, an ambitious 24-year-old named Derek Khanna, was fired -- even before the RSC had decided on other staffing changes for the upcoming Congress. The copyright memo was a main reason," reports Carney.
Read the memo here.