Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced legislation that is an unconstitutional attack on Disney.
Hawley’s bill would drastically rewrite US copyright law, shortening the total deadline available to all copyright holders by several decades. He would also seek to retroactively limit Disney’s copyrights, effectively depriving the company of much of its intellectual property, in a move that would face several legal hurdles.
“This is patently unconstitutional property taking without compensation,” said Prof. Paul Goldstein, an intellectual property expert at Stanford Law School.
Josh Hawley is proving that Republicans are against business
The Republicans were known as the pro-business party. Just a few years ago Congress was full of Republicans elevating businesses to mythical status and spending their time worrying about doing anything that might hurt “job creators.”
The GOP has gone from job creators to abusing the power of Congress to deprive a company that expressed a view on gay rights of their copyright protections.
Hawley’s bill is an example of the government trying to use its power to silence criticism.
The GOP is trying to take an example from Disney so that other companies shut up.
Senator Hawley’s bill has zero chance of becoming law, but just like his incitement to attack the Capitol, its anti-democratic behavior will have consequences.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in political science. His undergraduate work has focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
Professional rewards and subscriptions
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association