Derek Khanna, a young Republican staffer, made massive waves in tech circles by writing a scathing policy brief on America's copyright law. As a result he's been fired from the from Republican Study Committee (RSC), effective as soon as Congress reconvenes in January.
Khanna's memo proposed "lighter punishments for copyright infringements and suggested shorter terms for copyrights" than the current 75-year term, according to the Washington Examiner's Timothy Carney.
The memo won favor from some conservatives, including Carney, who writes that copyright law "has become a textbook case of collusion between big business and big government." But the brief was withdrawn within hours because it upset powerful entertainment interests, including the Nashville music industry.
According to Republican officials, Khanna's memo was "published without adequate review."Via the Hill and the Washington Examiner.