MPAA Boss Chris Dodd Denies That Copyright Law Today Has Created Any Free Speech Issues

from the can-someone-please-educate-him? dept

MPAA boss Chris Dodd is apparently continuing his "how far can I stretch the truth" tour in support of SOPA/PIPA. His latest stop was an interview on Bloomberg TV. He talks about a bunch of things, blowing some hot air about how this debate is a "breakthrough." But the part that interested me is around the 3:30 mark, where he insists that what SOPA allows we already do to American sites, and "no one has suggested freedom of speech has been hampered."
Oh really? Perhaps Chris Dodd is entirely unfamiliar with the blatant censorship and denial of due process for Dajaz1.com, a site taken down under the laws of today... and denied due process before the government finally admitted it had no case, more than a year later. There also have been tons of complaints about bogus DMCA claims (including many from top MPAA members). This is not an idle concern. We have the evidence of wrongdoing under today's laws. We have the evidence that it is not narrow, but widespread, and it happens all the time.

That's our key concern. It's not some "hypothetical." We have tons and tons of evidence of today's laws being widely abused, so we're quite reasonably freaked out about a law that has much, much broader implications, in that it doesn't just take down specific content, but entire websites. And, when that happens, speech is definitely restrained, and legitimate companies get killed.

So when I hear Chris Dodd claim that "no one has suggested freedom of speech has been hampered" under today's laws, I wonder if he's simply completely ignorant of what's happening... or if he's just lying. Either answer looks bad for Dodd. But it does highlight the desperation of SOPA/PIPA supporters today that they're resorting to such ridiculous claims...


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    xenomancer (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 8:56am

    Old Habbits Die Hard, Old Morons Die Slow

    Its amazing, he mentions the protections written into the constitution, but his comments make it seem like he's never read the damn thing. Further more, in continuously conflating infringement, counterfeit, and theft, he comes off sounding like an overfilled gas bag rather than an important industry figure. No wonder the MPAA is worried, they can't get this dinosaur to finally go extinct fast enough.

     

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    Jay (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:40am

    Re: Old Habbits Die Hard, Old Morons Die Slow

    This is the same man that was involved with the Countrywide scandal so long ago...

    He IS an overfilled gas bag.

    He might be right about the OPEN Act being more difficult to help resolve copyright issues. But notice how there's no mention of punishing those that bring false copyright claims. Someone needs to bring that up at the next Chris Dodd tour.

     

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    Machin Shin (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:41am

    "no one has suggested freedom of speech has been hampered"

    As in, No mega corporation in the movie or music industry has suggested that their freedom of speech has been impaired. They are the only people who really count after all. All the rest of us are not really anyone.

     

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    anonymous, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:44am

    'entirely unfamiliar with the blatant censorship and denial of due process for Dajaz1.com'. get outta here! does he honestly think that people are as completely stupid as him? he and Lamar Smith must have been going to the same therapist!

     

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    GamerLEN, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:47am

    Yes, well, he would say that wouldn't he?

    This asshole is the same guy responsible for the housing crisis a few years back.

    This guy only cares about getting power for himself and as far as he's concerned everyone else can hang.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:47am

    "Oh really? Perhaps Chris Dodd is entirely unfamiliar with the blatant censorship and denial of due process for Dajaz1.com, a site taken down under the laws of today"

    What laws? There was nothing legal about how Dajaz1 was taken down. ICE just decided to take it down because they could, using flimsy (and later proven false) claims of piracy as the excuse for ICE's law breaking towards Dajaz1.

    If it had been taken down by today's laws there would have been a trial and conviction first with both sides present.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:49am

    Lies, damned lies.

    He is lying. Blatantly and egregiously. That's his job.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:52am

    Re: Old Habbits Die Hard, Old Morons Die Slow

    He is betting on the ignorance of the masses about the law and how it works, that is why he keeps conflating those things.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:54am

    " I wonder if he's simply completely ignorant of what's happening... or if he's just lying."

    Are you really still wondering this? Just make the post, I know you want to "Chris Dodd lies about being a liar, while lying."

     

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    Robert (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 9:55am

    Same Chris Dodd?

    Isn't this the same Chris Dodd who was head of Congress in 2008, who, as a Democrat, received $12 million in contributions from the banks Congress bailed out?

    How fittingly he works as a mouthpiece for the MPAA. What, he couldn't get in with one of the banks who supported his campaign?

     

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    MrWilson, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:01am

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    I believe what he means by "under the laws of today," is not that it was legal for ICE to seize Dajaz1 and keep it without due process, but that there are illegal abuses that occur without SOPA or PIPA already being passed.

     

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    Suja (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:02am

    oh boy, copyright supporter lying, like we haven't seen that one millions of times already

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:04am

    Sounds like your real problem lies with the civil forfeiture laws. These laws are not exclusive to copyright and it is another one of Masnick's fanciful lies to suggest otherwise. But I guess it will be excused since he is lying for a "good cause".

     

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    Suja (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:05am

    Re:

    come to think of the whole thing is built on lies like a big ol' rug that must be where they plan sweeping the internets under someone needs to pull it out from under them but i'm a poor liar and an even poorer shill

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:06am

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    so is Dodd lying or not? Has the DCMA led to unjust censorship? How about the website seizures of the last few years has there been any unjust censorship?

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:27am

    The thing about mass media is anyone can go on there and lie through their teeth and never get called out. Nobody cares to check the facts, and those that do are never heard from. Unfortunately the person with the scariest and loudest doom and gloom story usually ends up with all the attention - and that's Chris Dodd screaming that thieves are setting up shop outside the U.S. to steal our precious jobs. Even if they acknowledged the free speech issues, thieves taking jobs will always win. And I'll bet that 99% of the doom and gloom purveyors you see on TV are rich.

    It's a great country where someone like Jon Stewart can go on television and point out the blatant hypocrisy of our government officials. Is a truly sad country where he can keep doing this for years on end.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:28am

    Mike, we wish you would shut up about this. As we are currently located in a long boat of money. SOPA is full proof and would never be abused. :D

     

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    Bob, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:29am

    Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    I love how you think that shutting down a site offering pointers to unlicensed goods is somehow depriving the ability of that site to express an opinion. Nonsense. Why don't you complain about mobsters being put in jail for ordering that someone be "whacked?" After all, they're just expressing an opinion.

    The First Amendment has plenty of practical exemptions. It does not cover people helping other people break the law. That's called being an accessory to a crime.

    Now quit insulting the legacy of great First Amendment fighters like Martin Luther King or Peter Zenger. These were people with legit complaints and this is just an insult.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:35am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    Thank you for that strawman fallacy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:36am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    Martin Luther King and Peter Zenger committed acts of copyright infringement, which is like a mobster ordering a whacking.

    They should all be in jail, criminal scum.

     

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    V (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:42am

    V

    As a certified hypnotist it comments make perfect sense. One way to wear down our natural resistance to an idea that doesn't fit into our normal conscious, rational mind is repetition.

    The idea need not be true, simply repeated often enough. It's a stratedgy used by salesmen, politicians and "prophets" all the time.

    He hopes that if he says something loud enough and long enough, people will believe it is true. And he's right. He will convince people it is true.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:42am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:49am

    Re: Re: Old Habbits Die Hard, Old Morons Die Slow

    He is a gasbag and a liar (didn't he publicly state he wouldn't leave congress and become a lobbyist...and then promptly do exactly that?).

    He will say anything for 1.5 million dollars, which is what the MPAA is paying him, to get unnecessary and damaging legislation passed that will likely serve to bite all of us, including the MPAA, in the ass.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:52am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    All hail the Big Shoes Lobby!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:55am

    Re: Re:

    Has the DCMA led to unjust censorship?


    McCain Campaign Feels DMCA Sting

    [O]verreaching copyright claims have resulted in the removal of non-infringing campaign videos from YouTube, thus silencing political speech. Numerous times during the course of the campaign, our advertisements or web videos have been the subject of DMCA takedown notices regarding uses that are clearly privileged under the fair use doctrine. The uses at issue have been the inclusion of fewer than ten seconds of footage from news broadcasts in campaign ads or videos, as a basis for commentary on the issues presented in the news reports, or on the reports themselves. These are paradigmatic examples of fair use...


    (Letter from McCain-Palin Campaign dated October 13, 2008)

     

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    A non-mouse, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:55am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    I love how you keep ignoring that whole "due process" nonsense. Having to actually prove something in court? Hogwash! That might require time & effort.

    Innocent until proven guilty, it's supposed to be the cornerstone of our legal system. They are not "criminals" until proven so in a court of law.

    Now quit trampling my constitutional rights and fucking die already. The world has changed and will continue to do so, with or without you. Your attempts to get back to the way things used to be is just an insult.

     

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    Trails (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:56am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    Ah yes, as was proven in court when the government pursued a case against- wait...

     

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    Trails (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:56am

    videoegg = teh suk

    Video egg routinely failing for anyone else?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:05am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    "I love how you think that shutting down a site offering pointers to unlicensed goods is somehow depriving the ability of that site to express an opinion. Nonsense."

    Well, you certainly win the "Complete Jackass Of The Day" award. Riddle me this, Bobbo: if what ICE did in taking Dajaz1 down was so warranted....HOW COME THEY GAVE THE FUCKING SITE BACK YOU FREAKING RETARD!!?!!?!?

    "Why don't you complain about mobsters being put in jail for ordering that someone be "whacked?" After all, they're just expressing an opinion."

    Yes, allowing 3rd party users to make comments that might sometimes include links to other sites that host infringing content, maybe, if anyone can actually figure out if its infringing or not...is EXACTLY the same as a mobster at the top of a hierarchy ordering one of his henchman on a hit. Bob, I fear the best part of you likely ran down the crack of your mothers ass in a cheap motel somewhere....

    "The First Amendment has plenty of practical exemptions. It does not cover people helping other people break the law. That's called being an accessory to a crime."

    What in the sweet hell does that have to do with Dajaz1? The people doing the helping were users, not the site itself. Are you having a stroke? I don't say that in a wondering tone; I say it in a hopeful tone.

    "Now quit insulting the legacy of great First Amendment fighters like Martin Luther King or Peter Zenger. These were people with legit complaints and this is just an insult."

    Aw, look at you. Nevermind that MLK was a champion of free speech. Nevermind that, as an evangelist, he'd have LOVED a free internet. No, you invoke him anyway.

    So, in the same spirit, please stop insulting the legacy of Chris Dodd by backing SOPA.

    Fucking idiot....

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:06am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    So in your eyes Dajaz1 is still guilty even though DoJ couldn't even find any evidence to even bring them to court with a chance that there was guilt?

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:07am

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    I love how you think that shutting down a site offering pointers to unlicensed goods is somehow depriving the ability of that site to express an opinion.

    Because there is never a valid reason to link to potentially infringing content? There is never a fair use reason to do so? Because a person that links to infringement is jsut as guilty as the person that actually infringed?

    Are you serious?

    Also, I highly doubt that MLK and Zenger would have supported the censorship of the internet. They were pretty darn supportive of open communication, due process and fair treatment of all people.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:39am

    Re:

    "Sounds like your real problem lies with the civil forfeiture laws. These laws are not exclusive to copyright and it is another one of Masnick's fanciful lies to suggest otherwise."

    WTF?! They did NOT use civil forfeiture laws, the used the criminal forfeiture claws in the Pro IP Act, notwithstanding that copyright infringement is usually a civil offense ratter then a criminal one.

     

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    Violated (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 11:47am

    Chris Dodd is the head of the MPAA. My point is that no one would ever get this job if they believed that copyright was anything less as the best idea the World has ever had.

    Now if only everyone could ignore him and leave him to his fantasy world.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    For example the insistence that search engines stop returning allegedly infringing sites names. I suppose you know that it's possible to look up local Hell's Angels clubhouses in the phone book in many towns. Does that make the publishers liable should someone join the HA and later commit a crime just because they were able to call them and find an address? That somehow they're an accessory to that crime?

    It's not Google, Yahoo or Bing's fault if I find the name of an offending site when I search for it and then download something infringing. That's my fault and mine alone. All they do is provide the directory. And it's their fault somehow that I did that?

    Don't be silly.

    And it's interesting that the Bloomberg headline under Dodd said something about stealing ideas when neither copyright or patent law protect any such thing. They both protect certain expressions of ideas, not the ideas themselves.

    Remember that we are talking two groups that have complained bitterly about every technological advance for the past hundred years that just might make copying easier or that might hurt them somehow. (For the latter see the introduction of television and the MPAA's whines that it would destroy their box office business.)

    MLK and Zenger would have opposed bills like SOPA and POPA just because of their chilling affect on free speech. And, were they alive today, would have used the Internet and the web to spread their ideas far and wide. That said no one is abusing their memories or stature.

    Both backed causes seen widely, in their day, of not really having legit complaints. It was only after they were active for a while that the public mood moved to supporting them. They stood up honourably and honestly for their causes and beliefs and both triumphed. So, while you may not consider concerns about free speech and the security of the Internet and not legitimate complaints I have to suggest that you are in the minority in that one.

    The comparison is also idiotic but I won't call you that. DH already has and he does a far better job than I do at skewering :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 12:18pm

    Re: Re: Balderdash-- only crooks lost their ability to tell other crooks where to look

    Yet again i bow to you DH.

    I feel that the only thing amiss might be a friendly greeting along the lines of - "May you die from colon cancer in a part of the world that has yet to invent Morphine."

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 12:57pm

    Frak You Chris Dodd !!!
    I boycott your Industry and all others who will support SOPA/PIPA.
    You will never get a dime out of me and I mean ever.I will buy all my films via used physical products.You wanted to screw us well ass just wait till more and more people wake up and join in the boycott.

    SOPA/PIPA = WAR

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 12:58pm

    Dodd, You Are A Fucking Idiot.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 2:03pm

    Re:

    Full proof? That's some hefty hooch!

     

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    Jeffrey Nonken (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 2:29pm

    No, he's right. Nobody has suggested any such thing.

    Claimed outright, yes. Asserted. Accused. Blamed. Stated emphatically. Shouted. Screamed. Proclaimed, professed, protested, swore, averred, declared, insisted, predicated.

    But merely suggested? No, probably not.

     

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    Dave, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 3:13pm

    They have no problem allowing corporations to move jobs overseas, but god forbid we should get products from those same places. Talk about double standard.

     

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    Al Bert (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 5:23pm

    wait what

    If your organization needs new laws to allow you to legally do "what we already do"
    then doesn't that imply that you've been acting as a criminal?

    (hint: yes)

     

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    Stone L-2 James, Jan 6th, 2012 @ 7:49pm

    You know…

    I'm not usually one to be making outright references to religion/faith on a topic that doesn't involve it, but this entire copyright industry is quickly becoming an absolutely satanic joke.

     

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    techflaws.org (profile), Jan 6th, 2012 @ 10:44pm

    Re:

    So, you're lying too? No surprise there.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 7th, 2012 @ 5:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Old Habbits Die Hard, Old Morons Die Slow

    He's not an overfilled gas bag, so much as a steaming sack of lying monkey shit, and the MAFIAA he lies for has their arm up the ass of Congress so far that they can actually make them say whatever they want, and if they don't, they can pull their tongues out. That is how all of this horseshit legislation got off the ground in the first place. I'm sure they took great pains to cover the money trail, but that would not be an insurmountable obstacle to finding it out.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 7th, 2012 @ 5:30pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually, present civil forfeiture law was used. Moreover, Protect-IP is not law, but merely a bill that is pending in Congress.

     

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    pjcamp, Jan 8th, 2012 @ 10:47am

    what do you expect?

    Dodd left office minutes ahead of being kicked out by voters since he was up to his corrupt eyeballs in the mortgage bubble:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Dodd#Controversies

    The man is a lying sack of shit and always has been.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jan 9th, 2012 @ 10:19am

    They should interview him about the subprime crisis started in 2008 and still lingering. He'd promptly solve all the world financial woes with a simple "nobody said there was any crisis" sentence.

    Because when he says nobody said then nobody said and it doesn't exist.

    *whisper whisper*pssst... Dodd... Come back from Doddland*Whisper whisper*

     

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    anonymous, Jan 18th, 2012 @ 12:24pm

    MPAA & Dodd

    Dodd always wa a crook, and will do/say anything to line his pockets. It is fitting that the greedy MPAA should hire him as their mouthpiece.

     

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    lrobbo (profile), Jun 12th, 2012 @ 10:04am

    He certainly likes bending/stretching the truth.

     

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    jh jh, Dec 12th, 2012 @ 1:15pm

    Fuck you Dodd.

     

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