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Online piracy issue keeps Franken walking a political tightrope

Al Franken has connections in both Hollywood and Silicon Valley, which makes the issue of how to protect intellectual property online a thorny one for him. That comes across in his recent message to supporters on the topic.
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Al Franken has connections in both Hollywood and Silicon Valley, which makes the issue of how to protect intellectual property online a thorny one for him. That comes across in his recent message to supporters on the topic.

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