On Friday, the Republican Study Committee released this memo authored by Derek Khanna (small pdf), a relative newcomer, I guess. It says that current copyright law is basically anathema to free market principles and at odds with the intent expressed in the Constitution. A day later, the memo was purged from the site. Of course, the internets has many eyes, images never die (arrgh, I have kittehs saying cute things seared into my retinas), the file was caught and replicated before it could vanish (I wonder what copyright law might have to offer on that, hmm). So, the Rs are not a truly homogenous bloc of vile scum, as some of us would have the rest of us believe. Only the leadership seem to be that, I guess. Sadly, powerful forces (the ones who own lots of IP) do not even want us to think about discussing this issue. Ars has this on the story.