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Fox's Jim Gianopulos Talks SOPA Debacle, Steve Jobs, 3D at USC Law Institute

The studio chairman spoke about his efforts to bring together Hollywood and Silicon Valley at USC’s annual gathering of entertainment lawyers.

HollywoodReporter.com reports that Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Jim Gianopulos paraphrased 1967’s Cool Hand Luke when asked Saturday at USC’s annual Institute on Entertainment Law and Business why the Stop Online Piracy Act was shot down by Congress. What started out as a very simple bill to combat piracy overseas became a cause celebre in the digital community because Silicon Valley and Hollywood failed to communicate and come to an agreement on a best course of action. All of a sudden, Gianopulos said, tech executives had turned the SOPA debate into a referendum on Hollywood and its supposed effort to shut down the Web. “The Internet was created to withstand nuclear attack, so I don’t understand how a movie studio is going to take it down,” he quipped.