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Piracy debate exposes Silicon Valley-Hollywood rift
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Lawmakers may have a personal incentive to keep online piracy on the nation’s political radar, said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a non-partisan government-accountability watchdog. If the issue stays alive through the current election cycle, it may help bring in campaign contributions from high-tech donors and Hollywood later this year.

The issue "becomes an opportunity for raising more money from these groups," Wertheimer said. "If you’re into an important issue and money is flowing in on both sides, then both sides can up the ante."

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