As the creator of Sons of Anarchy, Kurt Sutter has made a name for himself as a master of bringing to light the gritty, dangerous and fascinating underbelly of society. That, and he’s known as one of the most outspoken men in Hollywood. So it’s no surprise to see that he has taken a strong stance against Google’s position on copyright issues in a passionate essay published Friday on Slate.
Sutter’s article is a response to the March 10 story, “Hollywood’s Copyright Lobbyists Are Like Exes Who Won’t Give Up.” That post — written by Marvin Ammori, a lawyer working for Google — argued against the “voluntary agreements” copyright lobbyists in Hollywood and other creative industries are seeking with tech companies to find ways to curb online piracy of movies, TV shows and music. He claims some of the larger content creators are throwing around their weight when copyright infringement is suspected, resulting in “payment processors or advertisers [cutting] off a tech company…without a single legal order.” Ammori likened these new initiatives to the proposed Stop Online Privacy Act, which would have expanded the ability of law enforcement to fight online piracy — including blocking websites hosting infringing content. After unprecedented outcry against the bill, Congress postponed SOPA indefinitely.