The Case of the Vanishing Policy Memo

Derek Khanna
Monday, November 19, 2012

Derek Khanna '09 (political science) made big news this month in Washington related to "an incredibly bold copyright reform memo" he wrote for the Republican Study Committee. “Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Start To Fix It” was released on 11/16 and retracted the next day for a variety of reasons, but not because Khanna isn't well-versed in the subject. The Slate article, which discusses Khanna's points, concludes, "[His] suggestion that Republicans should view copyright less as a kind of 'property' and more as a kind of regulation is a fascinating move on the coalitional chessboard. For now it seems too hot for the Republican Party. But if they’re smart, they’ll think twice."