On the day of a web protest of pending anti-piracy legislation, Vice President Joseph Biden will be meeting with a host of Silicon Valley leaders as well as DreamWorks Animtation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Biden will visit Los Angeles on Thursday, where he is expected to host another meeting with business executives expected to include studio officials.
The meetings have been in the works for several weeks, before the debate over the anti-piracy bills escalated and the White House released a statement critical of some of the provisions. But Biden has been a point person within the administration on copyright issues, and has hosted several gatherings at the White House with studio executives and recording industry reps.
The meeting is being billed as part of the administration’s ongoing dialogue with the business community on boosting the economy.
Those expected this evening in San Francisco are Apple’s Tim Cook, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Katzenberg, Zynga’s Mark Pincus, Symantec’s Enrique Salem, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Yahoo’s Scott Thompson and Laura Tyson of UC Berkeley.