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Obama Administration Lukewarm to Idea of a White House Summit on Piracy

MPAA chairman Chris Dodd suggested in the New York Times that the White House could hold a gathering to try to bring all sides together on antipiracy legislation, but White House spokesman Jay Carney made it clear that it is up to Congress to craft a compromise.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “We have laid out our principles, which we hope will be looked to as a guide for that process.  But I think this is a legislative process that folks on the Hill can take up, working with those with strong opinions on both sides of the issue.”

He also said, “We believe that online piracy is an important issue and a problem that needs to be addressed.  And we believe that there’s a legislative solution to that that Congress can find.  And it’s important for both sides on this issue to come together and work out that solution that both deals with online piracy and continues to ensure a free and open Internet.  And we think that’s possible. 

AjfyhqvCMAAacNE“So we call on and are encouraged by indications that this — that others believe this should happen, too; that the stakeholders in this issue who have, on all sides, very legitimate concerns work together to find what we believe is a legislative compromise.  But it has — everybody has to be in on it for it to work and get through Congress.”

Update: The White House released this photo of Vice President Joseph Biden meeting with Silicon Valley business leaders (as well as DreamWorks Animation’s Jeffrey Katzenberg) on Wednesday in Palo Alto, Calif. Katzenberg is at left, and Google’s Eric Schmidt is at right.

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