MPAA Directly & Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought

from the sickening dept

Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what's happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they'd better pass Hollywood's favorite legislation... or else:
"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"
This certainly follows what many people assumed was happening, and fits with the anonymous comments from studio execs that they will stop contributing to Obama, but to be so blatant about this kind of corruption and money-for-laws politics in the face of an extremely angry public is a really, really, really tone deaf response from Dodd.

It shows, yet again, that he just doesn't get it. People were protesting not just because of the content of these bills, but because of the corrupt process of big industries like Dodd's "buying" politicians and "buying" laws. To then come out and make that threat explicit isn't a way to fix things or win back the public. It's just going to get them more upset, and to recognize just how corrupt this process is. If Dodd, as he said in yesterday's NY Times, really wanted to turn things around and come to a more reasonable result, this is exactly how not to do it. It shows, yet again, a DC-insider's mindset. He used Fox News to try to "send a message" to politicians. But the internet already sent a much louder message... and, even worse for Dodd, he bizarrely sent his message in a way that everyone who's already fed up with this kind of corruption can see it too. It really makes you wonder what he's thinking and how someone so incompetent at this could keep his job.

The MPAA doesn't need a DC insider explicitly demanding the right to buy laws and buy politicians. The MPAA needs a reformer, one who helps guide Hollywood into the opportunities of a new market place. The MPAA needs someone who actually understands the internet, and helps lead the studios forward. That's apparently not Chris Dodd.

Public Knowledge issued a fantastic statement that not only highlights the ridiculousness of Dodd's threats, but also the hypocrisy of the Hollywood studios on this issue:
Public Knowledge welcomes constructive dialog with people from all affected sectors about issues surrounding copyright, the state of the movie industry and related concerns. Cybersecurity experts, Internet engineers, venture capitalists, artists, entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, law professors, consumers and public-interest organizations, among others should be included. They were shut out of the process for these bills.

We suggest that in the meantime, if the MPAA is truly concerned about the jobs of truck drivers and others in the industry, then it can bring its overseas filming back to the U.S. and create more jobs. It could stop holding states hostage for millions of dollars in subsidies that strained state budgets can’t afford while pushing special-interest bills through state legislatures. While that happens, discussions could take place.


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    Yartrebo (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:35pm

    Disgusting

    What I find more disgusting than Dodd's words are that I doubt he'll ever face jail time even though he has now publicly admitted to bribery and blackmail on a large scale and doesn't even bother faking to show remorse.

     

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    Kyle Reynolds Conway (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:37pm

    Dodd is a dud.

     

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    Strawbear, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    I've been catching up on all your recent posts after a absence and was thinking about the internet and how it's all a community and so on and was wondering whether in this day and age a country's population ought to be able to vote for a representative(s) for the net.

    So just like you have in the States, a senator for NY and Texas etc you'd have one who represented the best interests of the net, determined of course by the platform they stood on.

    Obviously all countries can have their own representative.

    More and more thru 2011 we saw issue after issue after issue on how the Gov.ts (wilfully?) misuinderstand what happens online alongside the disgruntled comments on forum after forum that no-one in the political world is talking for our communities.

    In a time where some people spend half their waking life online isn't about time cyberspace had it's own voice to fight back against the old/dumb/crooked politicians?

    OK so there's huge issues related to how you could vote for them, but still it's an idea worth considering, despite how stupid it sounds.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:51pm

    I think they have enough support they killed a site, That also hosted legitimate media. I used megaupload to distribute my original game media, wich is now lost to my customer base.. I say if they are still bitching about anything. Screw Them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:53pm

    I'm trying to come up with something witty, but this is funny enough on it's own.

     

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    Chihuahua0, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:56pm

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    Write a check? This guy stinks of money.

     

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    ShellMG, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:59pm

    What worries me is the far more predictable result - pols will quietly change their minds on SOPA/PIPA and start drafting back-door deals. Money + power is a powerful drug and many are quite comfortable addicts.

    No one, not for one minute, should ever assume SOPA, PIPA and similar bills are dead, stake in the heart and body nailed in the coffin covered with garlic. This is now a riskier game, about to be played out in the shadows, and will be passed in the dark of night when they think nobody is looking.

    And remember the watchmen -- Murdoch, NBC/Comcast, etc. -- are supporting these bills. It's in their best incentive to look away.

     

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    HavaCuppaJoe (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:00pm

    DODD: We've Given Our QUID, We Want Our QUO!

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the reason that campaign contributions aren't viewed as bribes is because they're not a "quid pro quo"? And yet here's former Senator Dodd going on television and other public media saying that they've given their quid and now they want their quo?

    Isn't attempted bribery illegal also?

    Sounds like an admission of guilt to me.

     

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    Pixelation, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:01pm

    Hey Dodd...

    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:05pm

    Re: Disgusting

    Oh please. Like the tech industry doesn't also line the coffers of politicians.

    Snore.

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:05pm

    That sounds an awful lot like "quid-pro-quo" which is also known as bribery, which is also known as a long stay in a tiny room. God that guy is disgusting.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:05pm

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    lol
    One net world government.

    I can see that going down well with certain types.

    Commie Conspiracy, lizard people, blah blah blah

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    Stop being so mean to poor old Dodd.

    It seems quite clear that the temp setback to SOPA/PIPA has put his lobbying job at stake.

    "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake"

    All he is saying is that they made him promises and then reneged on him and he could lose his job over it.
    It seems we have located the one job that SOPA/PIPA was to protect.

     

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    MrWilson, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    And this is where you see the hypocrisy of the IP maximalist. The troll-shilling AC (or a Poe's Law-worthy parodist) who posted here claimed that artists should be indicted for their complicity in Megaupload's supposed conspiracy.

    But here, Dodd essentially admitted that he and the organization he represents is actively engaged in the corruption of the legal system. Where are the AC's demanding Dodd be brought up on charges, if they're so concerned about the rule of law? They're not, of course. They're just corporate shills who are concerned with corporate profits, laws be damned. They believe that the only good laws are ones that protect their profits. This is why they'll push for legislation like the DMCA and SOPA that suppress free speech because they only care about profits rather than civil rights repercussions.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:12pm

    It's at least nice to hear it laid out so clearly.

    Dodd to Congress: We bought and paid for these bills so do as you are told. Who cares what the public thinks even if it could cost you your job. We paid for you to be more concerned about MY job.

    So now that the worst fears of people have been confirmed why bother with the silliness of elections? Pick a person for each district and they go to Washington paid by the highest bidder. For the Senate it would be two per state with the same rules in effect.

    Same for the President.

    That way. at least, we'd all know who owned whom. That's about the only mystery left. None of them are there to serve the citizenry.

     

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    Troglodytarum_venator (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:19pm

    This is good news tbh. i mean just imagine if the Tech sector is the only one giving 'donations'... you really didn't think this through did you Dodd ?

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:26pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    The entertainment industry outspends the tech industry by 10x, but contributes about 1/10 as much to the economy.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Sorry, I meant "out-lobbies," not "outspends."

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Citation needed.

    We'll accept any explicit and public declaration of any tech company that they're openly bribing a politician (fair is fair).

     

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    Kingfisher, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    My sediments exactly. I feel physically sick hearing this guy speak. He's acting like he and the MPAA are God or something.

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Sediments?! ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:47pm

    I hope someone makes a list of candidates that the MPAA does support That would make voting alot easier this election year.:)

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:47pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Well, Dodd IS quite slimy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:48pm

    These guys keep topping themselves. I don't know how they do it.
    I have no idea how anyone could one-up a public declaration of bribing politicians in exchange for monopoly rights, but maybe they can pull it off.

     

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    Nathan F (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:54pm

    Hrmm a public admission of something that could very well be against the law. Sure he didn't come out and say "We paid you money, now make our laws happen" but he suggested that pretty strongly. Wonder how long it will take before the FBI/SS begins investigation?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:56pm

    Chris Dodd(The Liar) is scared, he failed to get something he is supposed to be an expert in(i.e. making laws).

    But I am afraid that threatening campaign contributions is effective, even though it shows to everyone what really happens in Washingtonian, it is all about the money, congress only changed its mind after companies did a blackout because companies donate money.

    That is why people need to bring the process of law making outside of Washington or any other political location and into the public, crowdsourced law making.

    Then people can attack the tools that are used to justify such nonsense from those people and that is ending the granted monopolies given to some(i.e. copyright and patents).

    Monopolies makes everybody poor.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Ahhh, cut him some slack. Maybe he's typing with a stuffy nose. It is cold and flu season after all...

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:00pm

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    " Where are the AC's demanding Dodd be brought up on charges..."

    Hell, where are all the AC's, period? The silence from them in the last couple of days has been deafening, even on the MegaUpload case which you'd expect them to be cheerfully gloating about.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:02pm

    Refreshing Honesty

    I think his honesty is refreshing. It is perhaps the most honest thing he's said in the entire campaign for SOPA/PIPA!

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:08pm

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    It seems we have located the one job that SOPA/PIPA was to protect.

    Priceless.

    +1 funny for you!

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:21pm

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    Have a look here. ;)

     

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    BeeAitch (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:24pm

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    Wonder how long it will take before the FBI/SS begins investigation?

    The only thing that could make me laugh harder would be to see the actual indictment.

    Thank you, sir, for putting a smile on my face tonight!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

     

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    demented, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:33pm

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    Maybe we should start a new political party focused on technological advancement and its freedoms. How do you start a new party?

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:34pm

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    He's not lying anymore.

     

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    mrdarkrai, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:35pm

    We need to petition congress to ban them

    as lobbyists, that'd send a rueful message

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Re:

    I don't know, but I think a good name for the new party would be the Internet Party.

    It would have to promote scientific/technological advancement and also freedom and inclusiveness.

    I doubt very seriously that any new party will be able to break into the good old boys club that Washington has become, but the last few days have also shown that the internet can be a powerful tool to mobilize people and to make an end run around business as usual in DC.

    We use the internet to put the power of government back into the hands of We the People.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    I like how corporations have an incredible amount of monetary interest and instant access to politicians but apparently all the public gets is to vote every so often.

    What a beautiful system you have there. I'm sure it works really well.

     

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    King Reggin, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 8:58pm

    Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    All of you are traitors to your country. Every last one of you. Laws like SOPA will preserve our nation's honest buisnesses. The FBI should charge you pirates that cost innocent people billions of dollars a year with treason, or perhaps as terrorists for purposefully attempting to ruin the economy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:02pm

    Face it - it's time to hand over the reins to a new generation. So where are the < 35 yr olds that have been raised on tech and why aren't they running for office?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    LOL! That's satire right?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Disgusting

    What he did isn't technically illegal.

    Sleazy? Yes

    Illegal? No

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Whatever you meant, you're wrong.

    Not according to MapLight.

     

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    OccupyAmericaOnline, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:15pm

    Chris Dodd is an old school criminal for real.

    Chris Dodd is an old school criminal for real. You apparently have no idea.

     

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    demented, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:15pm

    It is SO MUCH FUN to see Chris Dodd screaming and rolling around in his own poop. He's openly admitting to criminal actions and howling because the public won this battle (even though the war is ongoing).

    This guy acted like a vile little dishonest turd throughout the last few months, and nothing gives me more joy than watching him shriek hysterical threats. He's scared. His power has dropped off dramatically. And worst of all, it was a bunch of powerless nobodies who defeated him.

    And now he's freaking out and shrieking anything that crosses his tiny evil mind. It's so fun to watch!

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Whatever you meant, you're wrong.

    More info:
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/68448_Page4.html

     

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    MahaliaShere (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:24pm

    Blatant

    I can't believe he actually came right out and admitted it! These people are really slipping up, blurtting shit out all panicky-like.

    The Internet Party. IP. I like it.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:32pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

     

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    demented, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:36pm

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    Maybe not, but it would be awesome if we could at least dent their power. They're already scared. And hey, maybe younger people would start voting if they had someone other than the same old corrupt parties to vote for.

     

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    Karl (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Whatever you meant, you're wrong.

    Oh, and of course none of that mentions that money that the MPAA spends lobbying law enforcement directly:
    http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-anti-piracy-lobbying-targets-fbi-110622/

    ...which, so far as I can tell, the tech industries do not.

     

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    Kevin Carson, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:56pm

    You need me writing headlines, Mike

    I think my tweet of this link would have made a much better headline: "Human rectal polyp Chris Dodd slips, reveals lobbyists' 'Money buys access, not influence' line is a goddamned lie."

     

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    ervserver (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:12pm

    MPAA and RIAA didn't give all that much money to lawmakers, the tech community can easily out donate them

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:14pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Oh please. Like the tech industry doesn't also line the coffers of politicians."

    The tech industry doesn't threaten public figures.
    The entertainment industry does.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:18pm

    Re:

    but ... but ... but ... Jobs.

    Wait ... no ...

    but ... but ... but ... Job.

    uhm ... how about

    but ... but ... but ... work.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:19pm

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    "All he is saying is that they made him promises and then reneged on him and he could lose his job over it."

    Nobody "promised" him anything.
    If he gave a politician money, that's his choice.
    Legally, it did not obligate the politician to do anything for him, any more than if a private citizen gave a politician money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    It's not illegal, but don't expect him to win support for this (at least, not from us).

     

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    SilverBlade, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 10:52pm

    Wow

    Dodd is acting like every school yard bully...

    Throwing the punches and roughing people up, but as soon as someone calls him out, he complains and cries about not being allowed in the sandbox again..

     

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    Jay, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 11:07pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Same thing.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 11:14pm

    Re:

    You think that will make for honest politicians?

     

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    demented, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 11:24pm

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    No, that's not what we need. We need to somehow STOP the blatant bribery and law-buying.

     

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    CJ (profile), Jan 20th, 2012 @ 11:34pm

    uh oh

    Watch your back...they may try to stab it.

     

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    Pixelation, Jan 20th, 2012 @ 11:38pm

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    "but ... but ... but ... Jobs."

    This is awful, but he's dead.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:32am

    I'll do Dodd's job, and better, for a quarter of what the MPAA pays him.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:34am

    Re: Re:

    WE have those conspiracies .

    At least we'd have Skynet under unde rthe "Networld" idea.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:37am

    Re: DODD: We've Given Our QUID, We Want Our QUO!

    He's part of the US High Court - he'll never get prosecuted, even if he rapes babies in his spare time and gets caught out.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:39am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    "It's OK for us to be corrupt and evil, because we think those guys over there are worse!"

    Figures.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:48am

    Re:

    "I used megaupload to distribute my original game media, wich is now lost to my customer base"

    How? Did you not bother to have an offline backup (in which case you're a fool), or did you just use Megaupload as the primary distribution method? if the latter, stop whining and use the hundreds of other file lockers to distribute your software. Those sites need people like you to help prove that the lies about them being used purely for piracy are simply lies.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:11am

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    Dodd:

    No jobs
    No Cash
    No Hope

    he's fucked.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:58am

    i think what this also shows is exactly how high the bribery goes. no one is left out, even those at the top of the tree. the US political system needs investigating and rebuilding, along with the justice system.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:15am

    Re: Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    >perhaps as terrorists for purposefully attempting to ruin the economy.

    Considering that the PIPA/SOPA crowd are/were trying to do just that with the passage of these bills, then yeah, that's almost certain to be satire. Or massive, unbelievable stupidity. One of the two.

     

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    Rob8urcakes, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:19am

    Dodd's a dud

    More evidence that the "Land of the Free" is now a corruptocracy in which "We, the People" are no longer represented by the people we elect into Office.

    How sad.
    R.I.P. democracy :(

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:21am

    So not contributing to people who said they'd fight for you who subsequently cut and ran is somehow different than boycotting GoDaddy?

     

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    Loki, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    The entertainment industry threatens anyone, public figures, customers, their own clients, who don't do exactly what they say when they say it.

     

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    Loki, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:44am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Them: Infringement is theft.
    Us:Actually it's not, the courts have rules that infrinement...
    Them:Doesn't matter, to us infringement falls under our definition of theft.

    Us: So basically, your admitting you regularly bribe Congress.
    Them:Actually it's not bribery, the courts would rule that "donations"...
    Us: Doesn't matter, to us your donations fall under our definition of bribery.

    Hey, we're just playing by your rules here. Deal with it.

     

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    Loki, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:49am

    Re: Re:

    Whatever it is, I think a good slogan would be:

    Fighting against the Democrat Or Republican Elitists,
    Let's get the DOPEs out of Congress.

     

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    Anonymous American, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:51am

    Re:

    It's different in that RIAA/MPAA/WhateverAA have given donations in expectation of specific legislation and preferential treatment in the law.

    Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty. [Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery]

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:59am

    Re:

    GoDaddy can't make laws.
    The bar should be higher in politics.

    1% of people have all the money, and they use it to buy laws for them, that is not a democracy, it is just another form of feudal system cloaked under the disguise of something else.

    Aside from that the balls to say it in public to the face of the 99% is just asking for trouble.

    I think Mr. Dodds forget what it means to be a representative of the US congress, it means they can investigate the entertainment industry and start inquiries one after the other, it means they could change laws to diminish the power of copyrights that don't need to be so strong, the next act that could come out of congress could be PPDA(Protect Public Domain Act) limiting the duration of copyrights to 75 years.

    That would send a message to Dobbs and anyone else and it would be greated with applause from the public, they wouldn't lose one vote.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:01am

    Re: Re:

    Good point still, it doesn't change his past.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:02am

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Make your own content that's considered valuable enough to rip off.

    You can't.

    Everyone sees that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:04am

    Re:

    The US congress should start inquiries into the well known accounting practices of the music and movie industries, they should also start to pass a law reducing the terms of copyrights something like -20 years just so they know congress can change sides and there is nothing the idiots can do about it and if need be they will go after them and the public most probably will not lift a finger to help them, people could even go out to defend their government from "monopolistic" influences that are trying to ruin a great country.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:07am

    Re: Re:

    We all know that donations are not a one off thing, like everything else in life the continuity of the process is what is important, so although they can't do nothing about what was already given they can pressure officials into compliance by withholding funds that is just as bad as any bribery, that is the exact system people keep complaining about and apparently some can't grasp why it is so bad.

     

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    Michael Leza, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:10am

    Fight back

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120120/14472117492/mpaa-directly-publicly-threatens-politicians-w ho-arent-corrupt-enough-to-stay-bought.shtml



    I NEED YOUR HELP!

    First, at least read the lead on the attached story. Then look below, I have created a petition on we the people to have Chris Dodd and the MPAA investigated for Bribery by the Obama Adminstration. If this petition reaches 150 signatures it will be visible on the page. If it reaches 25,000 signatures it will be addressed by the Obama administration directly.

    I NEED YOUR HELP!

    Please do two things: Sign the petition and reshare the article and the petition together so that we can at least have a chance of seeing some justice on this issue.

    If you care about SOPA and PIPA, this is how you can fight back against the villains who want to hijack the Internet.

    http://wh.gov/KiE

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:30am

    Mr Dodds is a big tech plant, he is a dual agent, what he said there was "Microsoft the area is clear now, you can now donate and wow! my colleagues in congress and drive legislation any way you like, the last barrier has been removed, Hollywood is not going to participate any more in funding raiser".

     

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    gorehound (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:01am

    Re: Disgusting

    Unfortunate as this guy needs to be put into a prison.
    Dodd is an asshole and so are these Politicians as they are taking the money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:05am

    Re:

    Of course it is - GoDaddy's customers were paying for a legitimate service and have every right to move to another provider if they choose.

    Paying politicians money to pass legislation that you want, is illegal because it is an attempt to corrupt the government and interfere with and undermine the democratic will of the people (please note how this would be wrong even if there were not laws against it) and admitting to attempted bribery, in fact complaining about the failure of your bribery should in itself be enough to warrant arrest and trial.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Interestingly enough, lobbyist funding is worthy of the description that certain politicians like to use about social welfare.
    Only with lobbying it is actually true in general rather than only being true in minor specific instances as it might be with some poorly thought out social welfare systems.

    It creates dependency.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:13am

    Re: Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    Everything should be free!

    Satire: yes or no?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:13am

    Re: Fight back

    Anyone thought of just calling the police on this guy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:18am

    Re:

    Because they would never be able to deal with a job like being the elected representative of the people?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:18am

    Re: Re: Fight back

    Cos you know, he's effectively saying he was bribing congress and the senate and the president and if there's any truth to that it seems unlikely that the president or congress or the senate would find it necessary to take action against him as it would involve incriminating themselves.

     

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    Tim Edwards (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:59am

    Re:

    I have been wondering the same thing as of late. I just wonder how hard it would be for someone with NO political or law background to break into the government scene. I have been doing a little research, but I am not sure yet how to proceed.

     

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    Jassie, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:00am

    Chris Dodd Is Corrupt

    Dodd is an I-D-I-O-T. It's the same Chris Dodd from Connecticut who was involved in Country-Wide (Predatory Lenders) and getting favors from them while country-wide was trying to screw EVERYONE(PARTICULARLY THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CITIZEN).

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123362399705441875.html

    http://www.fireandreamitchel l.com/chris-dodd-countrywide-scandal-mortgage-fraud-and-aig-bonus-scandal/ (Here's the bloody scandal right HERE)

    I could have been homeless because of Country-Wide!!!

    Dodd is crap and SOPA/PIPA I couldn't least expect from him. Sad to say Connecticut has a history of corrupt politicians white-collaring.

    SPREAD THOSE LINKS AROUND. THIS IS THE CHRIS-DODD WHO WANTS TO CENSOR THE INTERNET BUT TAKES FINANCIAL FAVORS FROM CORRUPT COMPANIES.

     

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    Ed C., Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    I do make my own content, and no, I'm not that concerned. I doubt you, however, have made a damn thing. And no, paying others to do ALL of the actual creation while taking the lion's share of the profits does NOT count either.

     

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    Grover (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:06am

    Symbiosis

    Typically, when there is an apparent symbiotic relationship, removing one will cause the demise of either. With the advent of declaring corporations 'individual entities', our government effectively declared its willingness to be bought by these deep-pocketed 'citizens'.

    Personally, I really, really hate politicians - first, and foremost, because of their inherent self-serving greed and corruptness; and coming in a fast second, they quickly forget who put them in office in the first place - we, the voters. We, who trusted them to go forth and help run our country in a sane and honest manner, are invariably left with a bad taste in our mouths as we discover that we were simply pawns in a game of deceit, a game of power and money. I will never trust a politician, at any level, to be honest and stand up for the benefit of their constituents.

    What is truly needed here is a law that would make it illegal for a politician to accept 'donations' - of any kind, from anyone. Let them stump about on their own dime if they want to reach the voters with their chosen platform of lies and deceptions. It would be my desire to see every politician's time at bat limited to four years - and no more, ever. Once you've completed your 'public service' in office, you're out and someone else gets their turn. Never should we have people in an elected position for any longer - it begs to be corrupted. Never should we have politicians sponsoring laws that would only benefit a group, a class, or an industry to the detriment of the whole. Laws should only be made to prevent evil, at whatever level, and to promote the greater good for all.

     

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    Florin, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:11am

    My senator office thought this was business as usual

    I called my senator, Chambliss, and complained of the brazen public threat that the MPAA made in regards to money and PIPA. Their answer left me helpless and astounded. They said that this was business as usual and that veiled or not, all interests do that and the politicians need the money to run campaigns.

    Term limits would seriously shake up politics. The industry would be overwhelmed by constant effort to corrupt new incoming officials.

     

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    Jassie, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:13am

    Chris Dodd Corruption

    Another link with Chris Dodd's favors from CountryWide predatory lending company

    http://blogs.courant.com/capitol_watch/2008/06/sen-christopher-dodd-tied-to-c.html

     

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    Jassie, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:15am

    Re: My senator office thought this was business as usual

    Won't be voting for that fellow!

    Sure they don't have any stocks in the MPAA/RIAA? What an ignorant statement.

     

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    Grover (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:15am

    Kill them all

    In light of Dodd's recent insanity, I would proffer that the old adage of '. . .kill all the politicians' should include lobbyists as well.

     

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    Jassie, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:24am

    Chris Dodd TODAY Investigation

     

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    Anonymous Observer, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:32am

    Is this the 'let them eat cake' version of the modern era?
    Warm up the guillotines folks, the 1% is ripe again.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:40am

    Re:

    I couldn't do it.

    I have a strong gag reflex.

     

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    Ed C., Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:40am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I'm afraid you're right, traditional media has the traditional outlets locked down. They inflate the cost of access to the public to the point that only the richest or most indebted candidates even have a chance. Even then, almost no one can get through without their consent. (which is why people like Ron Paul don't get much attention).

    At this point, it's almost impossible to fight them directly on their own turf, their stranglehold over media and government is just far to great. If anything, I think the protest may have created a tipping point in history where an online campaign could have a fighting chance. It's time that we bring the fight on OUR turf on OUR terms. Bring the campaigns online. Bring the fundraising online. Bring "town halls" online. Bring the debates online.

    The Net largely takes the issues of cost and access out of the equation, this is completely doable. Of course, that's not to say real world face time with voters isn't important--it's crucial. It's also expensive. However, once the Internet candidates get momentum, getting funding shouldn't be a problem.

    The biggest threat to such a movement, of course, is the same as it always has been--traditional media. Their "journalist" no longer have any qualms with spreading half-truths and bold faced lies with the kind of fervor that gets listeners riled up and into the polls. Over shouting their numbers at the polls is going to be hard, as is getting their attention and turning them around to see that the old guard never any stake in their interest at all.

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:41am

    Re: My senator office thought this was business as usual

    Term limits would seriously shake up politics. The industry would be overwhelmed by constant effort to corrupt new incoming officials.


    I still like the idea of elected officials having to wear NASCAR style patches on their suits with their largest campaign contributors listed. At the very least you would know which corporation or PAC you are really talking to.

     

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    Ed C., Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:03am

    The simple turth

    He thinks he's so rich and powerful that his above the law. His organization practically owns TV news, so he thinks he can just climb to the top of his mountain and proclaim his greed and corruption to the world by openly threatening congress. He doesn't even think about the consequences because he honestly believes that there are none.

    I guess that he forgot that the "fright club" can only exist as long as everyone obeys the first rule.

     

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    Heretic3e7, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:12am

    Dodd is Completely Without Ethics or Shame

    What the hell is he thinking? Has he completely lost his mind? Chris Dodd has lost anything resembling a moral compass or any sense of ethics or even self preservation at this point.

    To go on national television and pretty much complain that he bought votes and then people reneged on the deal is like something out of one of the bad movies that is produced by the people that he represents. It is not unlike some whacked-out druggie calling the police to tell them that their dealer shortchanged them.

    This disconnect from reality is nothing new from the MPAA or their Dodd. I initially believed that all of the blatantly false information they were offering up to justify their lunacy was simply an attempt at misdirection or deceit.

    Now a much more disturbing scenario is starting to appear even more likely.

    They actually believe it.

    An entire industry along with their lobbyist in chief Chris Dodd has made the terrible mistake of believing their own hype. This is the hazard when you manufacture fantasy worlds for a living. One might start choosing to live in them.

    Deluded as he is Chris Dodd is not entirely off base in his belief that votes are for sale and that many but thank God not all of our lawmakers can be rented by the hour like so many common prostitutes. His anger is somewhat understandable. One can almost imagine him sitting in nothing but a shirt on the edge of a hotel room bed yelling at an open doorway, "But I paid for the whole hour!"

    It would be funny and sad if they were not so much of a threat. The MPAA and RIAA have set themselves up as an enemy to the American people and to the free world. They have to be stopped. If only there was some way that we as consumers could somehow stop their supply of income so that the were unable to continue their attacks and corruption and lies.

     

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    Gary, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:28am

    Re: ...

    Forget check instead invitation to Anti-Trust investigation.

     

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    mijj, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:34am

    Re: Disgusting

    yes, he's admitted to blackmail

    yes, admitted to bribery

    - but he hasn't broken any copyright laws. And isn't that what's most important?

     

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    Dan, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:40am

    Woooow

    It never ends does it? These guys really should take advantage of the Internet, rather than trying to control it. There's a lot of ways they could be utilizing technology to churn massive profits - look at how all the pirates and marketers are doing it. Obviously it doesn't take a multi-billion dollar budget to get started

     

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    demented, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:44am

    Re: Re:

    Oh, they're much better suited to the job than the turds in office, who can't tie their shoes.

    They simply don't want to jump into all the muck, especially since "ordinary people" no longer get elected. You need to be ridiculously rich to win.

     

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    demented, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:49am

    Re: Symbiosis

    Amen to everything you've said.

     

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    Gary, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:54am

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    It seems that millions of calls and emails to the FTC might help some opinions please.

     

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    Chris, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:59am

    Re: to Demented

    It is SO MUCH FUN to see Chris Dodd screaming and rolling around in his own poop. He's openly admitting to criminal actions and howling because the public won this battle (even though the war is ongoing).

    This guy acted like a vile little dishonest turd throughout the last few months, and nothing gives me more joy than watching him shriek hysterical threats. He's scared. His power has dropped off dramatically. And worst of all, it was a bunch of powerless nobodies who defeated him.

    And now he's freaking out and shrieking anything that crosses his tiny evil mind. It's so fun to watch!


    Textbook example of the saying: "When a control freak loses control, that person FREAKS.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    "I'm sure it works really well."

    I'm positive that this was meant to be sarcastic, however
    I'm also positive that a certain small percentage of the population actually does think it is working really well,
    until recently that is - lol.

     

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    Gary, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:07am

    Re: Dodd's a dud

    It's not over yet.

     

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    Allaun Silverfox (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:09am

    Re: Disgusting

    Sadly, your wrong on all accounts. The Citizens United case made it clear that Money = Speech. So, he's allowed to threaten as much as he likes.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Hmmmmmm

    Corroborating evidence via four different links
    vs
    one blog entry citing numbers from elsewhere .....

    Who should I believe - what a difficult decision.

     

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    rubberpants, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:16am

    Re: Re: My senator office thought this was business as usual

    Maybe we should start a site to make these for them and mail them to their office, with video of course.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Make your own content that's considered valuable"

    Isn't this is one of their biggest fears and why they are pushing for their censorship capabilities so hard?
    Competition is difficult, so why not just remove it.
    Ahhhh - the good old days, huh.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:35am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Money = Speech"

    Therefore, no money equals no speech.

    First amendment: "Congress shall make no law ..."

    The 1st amendment says nothing about the other branches of government because those branches are not authorized to create new laws. These other branches have been attempting to skirt this distinction for some time and apparently the constitution is now more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules.

     

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    Guy, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:36am

    Re: Re:

    Great post dumbass, full of assumptions and totally irrelevant to the topic.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re:

    "The US congress should start inquiries into the well known accounting practices of the music and movie industries, they should also start to pass a law reducing the terms of copyrights .... "

    That would be epic ....

    MPAA: We'll stop giving you bribe money unless ......
    Congress: We'll remove copyright
    MPAA: Oppps - on second thought, lets discuss this

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    "Everything should be free!
    Satire: yes or no?"


    my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge
    sarcasm: yes or no?

     

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    Aaron Martin-Colby (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    I think that you are missing the point.

    This is not tech vs. media; this is common sense vs. stupidity. Or good law vs. bad law.

    If the tech industry ever unanimously supports an awful bill, I will rip them to shreds just the same.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:58am

    Response to: ShellMG on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:59pm

    No you fag. Sopa and pipa are dead for ever and ever. The Internet is saved. Stop being a sad word saying faggot bitch nigger

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:16am

    Re: Re:

    Do you seriously think Google doesn't throttle the cash spigot based on lawmakers fidelity to their best interests? What a rube! Go look at Google's contributions to lawmakers that have the temerity to advocate for higher standards of privacy on the internet.

     

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    Dean, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:18am

    Re: Disgusting

    Giving campaign contributions to someone you believe supports the same ideals as you is not illegal or bribery. It's what every campaign contribution made in this country is based on. The immoral and possibly illegal aspect is the politician who votes against his or her consience because of campaign dollars received. It appears there were a lot of politicians who were not willing to do that in this case.

     

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    Boris, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:21am

    Direct, public threats

    I think the voters should directly and publicly threaten politicians who stay bought by voting them out of office.

     

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    tom s, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:23am

    chris dodd is a pile of black shit that matches his greedy lying face he should go to prison with a black bubba

     

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    tom s, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:23am

    chris dodd is a pile of black shit that matches his greedy lying face he should go to prison with a black bubba

     

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    Mozzis, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Response to: PrometheeFeu on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 7:05pm

    Hmmm... so what other legislation has this creep been a part of? Does Dodd-Frank ring a bell?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:27am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    http://www.ted.com/talks/defend_our_freedom_to_share_or_why_sopa_is_a_bad_idea.html?awesm=on.ted.com _ACxO

    Explained here. They want us to go back to consuming content, not generating it. We're competing with them by not being couch potatoes.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Forgot to sign in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:30am

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    Know what else costs billions of dollars a year? Lobbyists! Those guys are the crooks we should be getting rid of - all they do is cost companies billions of dollars which is passed onto consumers - thus making consumers pay billions of dollars that they could have otherwise spent on products that actually do create jobs.

     

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    Vince, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Re: Disgusting

    Its not bribery or blackmail. Its called a campaign contribution. Its a lovely loophole like giving a gift to a prostitute instead of payment.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:37am

    Re: Re:

    I apologize if my previous comment falsely implies that the one job this legislation saves comes from someone who actually does any work. Maybe it should be modified again

    but ... but ... but ... my welfare.

     

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    Greevar (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:39am

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    So, either they are bribing them or they are extorting them? Brilliant!

     

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    Jay (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:45am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    I'd better respond to this...

    Karl is 100 percent accurate. The problem that I had with Opensecrets is that the money could not be filtered into what MPAA centered industries had and what technology industries donated to politicians.

    So Sony Music and Google are considered tech industries.

    But with all of the focus on which exact industries were afflicted, that information has since been updated.

    Also, just to drive a stake here, Sunlight Foundation's research

     

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    Sue, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:49am

    o rly?

    Little does this idiot realize, but the American people are watching HIM. And we vote how we feel. And we aren't voting for him, because he's part of the problem in this country (people who think they can throw money around and get their way), not the solution.

     

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    Ryan, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:52am

    Response to: Strawbear on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    There are people who do what you want. www.eff.org

     

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    Someone from Finland, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:55am

    Re: Re:

    "Maybe we should start a new political party focused on technological advancement and its freedoms."

    Many European countries already have those. Check the Pirate Party of Finland, for example: http://www.piraattipuolue.fi/english

    Maybe it's time you followed our lead. :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:00am

    Welcome to the World War Web. We're all casualties.

     

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    John Atten, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:02am

    Chris Dodd's new gig

    How is that 30 year Senate veteran is remotely quallified to become CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America? After all, Dodd has spent the last 30 years of his life engaged in the political arena, not the motion picure business. The two could hardly be more different.

    The motion picture industry is one in which manufactured reality, suspension of public disbelief, and manipulation of the viewing public are the prime concern. A career in politics on the other hand . . . Oh. Wait. Oops.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    Yes. Sadly, reality doesn't bear that up. So I have to live with it. Why not the MAFIAA?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:05am

    The root of our problem isn't Congress, its the MPAA/RIAA.
    We won a battle last week, but let's be clear about this--the score isn't "Internet 1, Hollywood 0", It's more like "Internet 1, Hollywood 36". And now that we have their full attention, expect them to start fighting dirtier and more secretly than ever before. One other commenter likened it to a group of pepper-spraying police being routed by a sudden flash mob. Now it's just a matter of time before they bring in their SWAT team.

    We can't win on their terms. We can't play the money and lobbyist game and expect to easily overcome such an entrenched foe. But there is one thing we CAN do:

    We cut their supply lines. Stop going to the movies. Stop buying DVDs or CDs from MAFIAA affiliated groups. Organize a boycott on the scale of the Jan 18 internet blackout and keep it going for as long as it takes. Not just one week. Not just one month. AS LONG AS IT TAKES, until they no longer have enough cash to pay to play.

    Don't think it would work? I wasn't sure the SOPA blackout would work. I didn't think there were enough people out there that would care about something that wasn't reality TV, but look what happened only a couple of days later. Now imagine a blackout that hits their wallet instead of just their puppets. It's not like you'll be missing much anyway, given the quality of what comes out of the MAFIAA labels these days. Use the money to support independent artists instead, if you want to. At least that way you'll actually be supporting a creator instead of parasitic middlemen.

    The MPAA/RIAA started this fight. With SOPA/PIPA, they've declared open war on the internet. Don't let them win. Their power only comes from their money, and we are the ones that choose whether or not to give them money. Don't give them the weapons today that they'll use to attack you, your freedom, and your livelihood tomorrow. Starve their war chest, and let's see how many politicians they can afford to buy a couple of years from now.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:05am

    "An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought." Simon Cameron 1799-1899
    Things have not changed. Politicians are not your friends.

     

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    The eejit (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:07am

    Re: Re:

    As do I, but then I'm far more flexible than you. :p

     

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    Erin, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:10am

    Throw Them Out

    Patriot Act. TSA. NDAA. SOPA. PIPA. This goes beyond the MPAA. The whole system is stalled by corruption.

    Let's make a pledge to throw most incumbants out of office next election cycle.

    I've started a list to try to keep track of the "Good" ones and would welcome any suggestions for additions: http://politicalmiasma.com/2012/01/19/the-good-politicians-list/.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:19am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    What makes you think we wouldn't also push for jail time for bribery and blackmail originating from other industries? Looks like you're making the same mistake that Dodd is, thinking that the people who are against SOPA/PIPA are all about the tech industry and not simply just the people.

     

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    AntiZOG, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:24am

    Filthy parasites!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:27am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    One could argue that giving campaign contributions with the expectation of specific results is literally bribery (although not in the legal sense, just the dictionary definition) and that threatening to pull future contributions if demands are not met is literally blackmail (although not in the legal sense, just the dictionary definition).

     

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    Get Innocuous, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:28am

    We are witnessing the death of a business model. That's never pretty.

    Like mortally wounded animals, those who have built empires on it will lash out with their dying gasps in any way they can to survive.

    Who, with an ounce of compassion could begrudge them the effort?

    But, just as if we were watching some poor animal, we protect ourselves while letting nature take its course.

    Many who have known and loved these creatures of the industrial era quite naturally are moved to try to save them, while we who have lived with the new technology for many years know that their virtual extinction is inevitable.

    Online copyright infringement is assuredly a major problem. PIPA/SOPA supporters however, have chosen to publicly focus on foreign perpetrators only in order to head off opposition were the public to know that no such distinction between domestic and foreign infringement exists in the bills.

    We want to encourage and support creativity and innovation while minimizing
    copycats. Creativity and innovation comes from artists, writers, composers, programmers and other creators. PIPA/SOPA would make it much more difficult for these people to eliminate the now unneeded middlemen and bring their creations directly to their audiences.

    Congress must not be intimidated by these fading business creatures.

    Just stand back, let them exhaust themselves, and make way for the future.

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    The RIAA and the MPAA could save themselves and all the rest of us a whole lot of grief, if instead of trying to make out all their potential customers as criminals, they would provide a legal means for those who want to download by providing a means of licensing downloading for a reasonable monthly fee or per copy or some other way. The arguments the RIAA/MPAA are using against Internet copying today are the same arguments the entertainment industry has used against every new technology that has ever come out, from the cylinder phonograph onward. They made the same arguments about radio, the same arguments about the VCR, the same arguments about the cassette recorder, and every other new technology that has come out that touches the entertainment industry. And every time they have relented and accepted that new technology it has been very much to their advantage. And the Internet is no different. I'm quite sure most people who download would be more than willing to pay a reasonable fee to do so legally, but the RIAA?MPAA refuse to provide any way to do so. They would rather turn all of us into criminals and sue us back to the stone age, and/or utterly destroy the Internet, rather than give in. Nice way to win customers and influence people, huh? And then they wonder why their sales are tanking!!!

    Get real, guys!

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    The RIAA and the MPAA could save themselves and all the rest of us a whole lot of grief, if instead of trying to make out all their potential customers as criminals, they would provide a legal means for those who want to download by providing a means of licensing downloading for a reasonable monthly fee or per copy or some other way. The arguments the RIAA/MPAA are using against Internet copying today are the same arguments the entertainment industry has used against every new technology that has ever come out, from the cylinder phonograph onward. They made the same arguments about radio, the same arguments about the VCR, the same arguments about the cassette recorder, and every other new technology that has come out that touches the entertainment industry. And every time they have relented and accepted that new technology it has been very much to their advantage. And the Internet is no different. I'm quite sure most people who download would be more than willing to pay a reasonable fee to do so legally, but the RIAA?MPAA refuse to provide any way to do so. They would rather turn all of us into criminals and sue us back to the stone age, and/or utterly destroy the Internet, rather than give in. Nice way to win customers and influence people, huh? And then they wonder why their sales are tanking!!!

    Get real, guys!

     

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    Reid, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:36am

    Re: Disgusting

    Sorry boss, but he can say whatever the heck he likes on the news, and it's not an indictable offense.

     

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    The Retarded Brain Surgeon, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:03am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Hey, yo Vinnie - Its called a campaign contribution - No its called Bribery, when you say pass this legislation or we will cut you off.


    Bribery, a form of corruption, is an act implying money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

     

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    The new world order, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:14am

    Re: Re:

    Yeah those damn conspiracy theorists. New world order crap and one world government. pffft. Who would believe that?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_N6CzAIZU8
    Wait... what? European union? North American Union? Amero?
    Who would believe that crap as well?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4I3xVGRzws&
    ;)

     

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    deepblue54 (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Sediment = Dirt = Dirty
    Works for me!

     

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    The Logician (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    His statement, perhaps, Reid, however that does not negate the illegality of the actions he has all but confessed to. For those, he can and should still be prosecuted.

    For those advocating a boycott of major studio/label content, it is a viable strategy, yet I do not believe it can be effective unless it is both organized and extremely widespread, such that the participants number in the tens of millions to hundreds of millions.

    I believe that an official boycott month should perhaps be declared and promoted all around the internet—Worldwide Media Boycott Month. It would be best for this organized boycott to take place during the summer, as it is during Hollywood's blockbuster season and it would hit them hardest at that point. Get major consumer rights organizations such as the EFF involved, as well as high-profile websites like reddit, Wikipedia, and Google, so that as many people as possible across the world can be made aware of the boycott and participate in it.

    These sites and organizations could provide information about the reasons behind the boycott and links to alternative content, much as many did about SOPA/PIPA during the recent blackouts, as well as statements of intent in regards to beginning a widespread, full-scale investigation of Hollywood and the major labels' business and financial practices as well as those of the top level executives including Chris Dodd, with petitions and information for contacting congresspeople to promote and sustain such an investigation.

    As for the matter of our voting the current officials out of office, it would be a sound strategy were it not for the fact that our votes have little direct effect on election results. The process has long been rigged against us, and I have come to wonder if it should not be done away with entirely, and political service reformed to be more akin to jury duty, where one is randomly chosen and serves for a period of one year, no more, with a modest stipend and no multiple terms.

    One difference from jury duty would be that entry into the selection pool would be voluntary. A congress of teachers, office workers, waiters, artists, writers, actors, cab drivers, delivery people, doctors, and people of every other profession would, I think, have a far better sense of loyalty to the populace than the group of wealthy bureaucrats who currently infest our government.

     

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    jalapeno on a stick, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:35am

    Re: Re:

    Gee lemme keep my work on a consumer laptop/desktop instead of on enterprise class servers with enterprise backup solutions. This is a perfect example of collateral damage we always talk about, and why storage lockers will never thrive. They just cannot be trusted, or I should say you can't trust that the government/MAFIAA et al, won't get a bug up their ass and decide they dont like you.

     

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    Anonymous 314159, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:35am

    Meaning error in article

    "It really makes you wonder if he's thinking and how someone so incompetent at this could keep his job."

    FTFY.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:36am

    this is why occupy kicked up. they seen this happen way before it was publicly announced. but people just left a deft ear to it. now that we know the MPAA is doing it for sure, what other corporate companies are doing this, is an even more scarier question...

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Drive a stake? Yeah, right! Every one of these congressmen who accepted money from this legacy entertainment industry ought to be impeached for accepting bribes (yes I know campaign contributions are legal, but if it's for the purpose of influencing congressmen to do things that are against the public interest it shouldn't be, and its purpose and intent is exactly the same as if it were an outright bribe) and those who gave the money ought to be prosecuted for bribery. Sadly, though, this has become accepted practice, and with liberals in control I seriously doubt anything will be done about it.

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:59am

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Right on! How about Monsanto pushing their GMO corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sugar beets etc., polluting the world with its patented genes and suing those whom they've polluted for infringing their patents? If that isn't criminal I don't know what is.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:02pm

    Plunkett of Tammany Hall wrote about "honest graft and dishonest graft," the latter being of course the politician who wouldn't stay bought, and he did this in his time, the 1890's. Nothing changes!

     

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    John, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:03pm

    Chris pov

    I think what chris knows is the public has little say in the bill process, just the corporation "people". U may say it was ppl that stopped sopa which its true to some extent but I would argue more thanks to tech corporations...so chris doesnt care what the general public thinks

     

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    wvhillbilly (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    What are you? A shill for the MPAA or something?

    I write articles to post on the Internet and I put them in the public domain so people can rip them off legally. I want people to "rip them off" if that's what you call copying. I want them to get the widest circulation possible, because I'm doing it for the purpose of winning people to Jesus for the forgiveness of their wrongdoings and the salvation of their souls. Otherwise they'll go to hell.

    How does that grab you?

     

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    deepblue54 (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:21pm

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    I believe this should be viewed by EVERYONE who uses the internet, let alone every American citizen. It is THE most clear, concise and easily understood explanation of this issue and its historical roots I have seen, heard or read.
    The Media conglomerates fear us? GOOD!!! They've been too comfy regurgitating the same old ideas over and over and over again, for decades. I see more brilliant stuff created by ordinary people than by the Media monstrosity. I'd much rather go to my local club to see a band play their own music than spend a fortune to see some media-hyped creation. Inevitably, the local band members are much better musicians and so are their songs.
    Fight PIPA and SOPA and anything the Media giants try to foist upon us in the future that denies, or fundamentally changes, our rights!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:22pm

    I think this is a great step forward. This finally proves that congress understands that the voters control their jobs, and lobbyists are only one avenue to get to the voters. If the voters get the truth elsewhere, doing the right thing superceeds being bought in public.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:28pm

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    "As for the matter of our voting the current officials out of office, it would be a sound strategy were it not for the fact that our votes have little direct effect on election results. The process has long been rigged against us, and I have come to wonder if it should not be done away with entirely, and political service reformed to be more akin to jury duty, where one is randomly chosen and serves for a period of one year, no more, with a modest stipend and no multiple terms.

    One difference from jury duty would be that entry into the selection pool would be voluntary. A congress of teachers, office workers, waiters, artists, writers, actors, cab drivers, delivery people, doctors, and people of every other profession would, I think, have a far better sense of loyalty to the populace than the group of wealthy bureaucrats who currently infest our government."

    This reminds me of a Tom Clancy book. I believe it's "Debt of Honor". Where the main character to put it rather simply, accidentally becomes President. He hates the bureaucratic process and the people who work the system to keep themselves and their agendas ahead of the interest of the people and the country as a whole. So he gives a stirring speech asking for exactly the type of people you listed to run for office, in the novel, this frightens the lobbyists and the traditional elected officials. Why? Because now the common man can run for elected office and does so victoriously to some extent in the book.

    I think the speech he gives is something along the lines of "I want doctors who help people in office, because they know what's going on and what the problems are and how best to fix them without jumping through hoops. I want teachers who are aware of the problems in our education system to help create laws and bills that will put our children's education first and foremost. I want farmers who grow and raise the food we eat, etc etc etc."

    Which makes sense. I'd rather listen to someone who knows what they're talking about and has firsthand experience in a given field drafting laws related to those fields, than someone who has a desk job and listens to lobbyists who are only presenting what's best for them, as opposed to us.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:46pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Yeah, that makes it OK. Why don't we rid politics of all bribes, moron?

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:49pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Its not bribery or blackmail. Its called a campaign contribution. Its a lovely loophole like giving a gift to a prostitute instead of payment."

    I see what you did there ...
    bribed politician == prostitute.

    However, politicians are take to the high court where everything is peaches 'n cream. Where as most everyone else is taken to low court where you get screwed but you are not paid for it.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Sorry boss, but he can say whatever the heck he likes on the news, and it's not an indictable offense."


    Talking to the media is not a crime, at least not yet.
    What he admitted to certainly is. Can you tell the difference?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    They probably do, they contribute to campaigns as that seems to be the norm out there in the wacky west but at least they don't GO ON THE NATIONAL NEWS to demand the LEADERS OF THE COUNTRY let laws pass that ignore the rights of citizens and allow those tech companies to sue the population, en masse I might add.

     

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    deepblue54 (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Dodd is Completely Without Ethics or Shame

    Boycott their products. If enough people do that, the pain in their wallets will get their attention and let them know that pissing off the people is not a good idea.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:07pm

    Re: Representative of the internet

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:14pm

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    I'm more interested in the congress people TAKING the money being brought up on political corruption charges. While Dodd definitely needs to be charged with bribery, a few congressmen going to jail over this would send a MUCH stronger message. The question is, how do you go about charging your congress people with corruption ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:19pm

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    you dumb or something? the bill wouldn't affect the pirates

     

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    Jonny_dandger, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:22pm

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    NO. Just No.

     

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    crissy m, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:33pm

    Response to: Strawbear on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    "Ready Player One".... they had elections for a complete government system within the internet hub. (Wil Wheaton for internet pres!)

    It isn't a bad idea. In fact it wouldn't be a bad idea to take champaining and everything online so it wasn't so money driven in the first place.

     

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    Anon, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:43pm

    What I find ridiculous is that the US Government decides it's ok to seize $175 Billion from MegaUpload, but this guy probably rakes in more money than the execs there, and won't see any consequences of his corruption.

     

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    Damadar, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 1:55pm

    Re:

    The internet does have its own voice. It's called PEOPLE. They can VOTE to get rid of 'crooked politicians'.

    It's ridiculous that people think that they don't have a choice. There is a choice. STAND UP. Talk. Vote.

    It's the only way things will get better.

     

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    Dave, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:11pm

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    We already did. It's called the Pirate Party.

     

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    Jan Schwieterman, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:17pm

    For good or bad... Hollywood "GNP" is 80% Jewish owend and run...

    However, because the United States is a bastion of free thought and an open source of media opinion, you and your career within the Ent industry should be safe, right...? Being critical of an industry is ok right? Wrong... The complete blackballing of the individual within the entertainment (read: Movie/Music) business without recourse would be the out come if an individual uttered the above "Subject Line". I should know as my "Welcome to Hollywood" was my first agent stealing 13K from a joint account as I shot my first series south of the border in Mexico City and losing my first speaking part to the "son of a friend of the producer." Yes, the stereo types in Hollywood are sadly very true... Unfortunately the upper echelons among the industry end up souring the larger part of that mythology. In the end, good individuals are good individual void of race color or creed but to point out that a small controlling element are ruining it for the 99% of the internet is not racism or anti-Semitic, on the contrary, it is being CRITICAL... And being critical is only "wrong" in a fascist nation. If we can't be vociferous in our criticism of a certain industry then let us define now... define what this nation has become, fascist by media (specifically Entertainment) aggregation without prejudiced towards other colors, creeds or beliefs... but hey we should all suffer as long as it doesn't hurt the bank accounts of Hollywood, right..?

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Sadly, though, this has become accepted practice, and with liberals in control I seriously doubt anything will be done about it.

    Are you seriously claiming the conservatives are different?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:27pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Legal or not, bribery is corruption and wrong. I'm glad to see Dodd saying this kind of thing out loud. It makes it easier to get the naive to really understand how thoroughly our politicians are bought.

    "with liberals in control I seriously doubt anything will be done about it"

    Well, we'll probably not find out in our lifetimes, as there are maybe three actual liberals in office right now (hint: Obama's not one of them -- he's a right-leaning centrist), and those are the only liberals available. There is, effectively, no liberal political force in the US right now, and hasn't been for at least a few generations.

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:29pm

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    "What he did isn't technically illegal."

    So what's your point?

     

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    Angry Voter, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:37pm

    Avoiding taxes in time of war

    The media cabal is using abusive tax shelters to avoid paying taxes during time of war.

    Normally, it would simply be dishonest but since we are at war and they are sleezing out of the taxes that pay for the war effort it sure looks like Treason to me.

    A favorite of theirs is called the Double Dutch Sandwich where expenses are claimed in the US and profits are hidden outside the US.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:45pm

    Re: Re:

    Nobody "promised" him anything.

    Were you there during the conversations, or do you have a recording of them?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:48pm

    Response to: Strawbear on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    How about we represent what is important to us and leave the politicians and the corporations out of it off of it and away from it laws only breed more laws and the net is speech aka FREE to anyone for anyone.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Do you seriously think Google doesn't throttle the cash spigot based on lawmakers fidelity to their best interests?

    It's strange, but I've read his comment twice and I don't see where he mentions Google. Where are you reading that?

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 2:56pm

    Re: My senator office thought this was business as usual

    They said that this was business as usual and that veiled or not, all interests do that and the politicians need the money to run campaigns.

    Term limits would seriously shake up politics.


    If the problem is campaign contributions, the solution is not term limits. The solution is to get rid of campaign contributions.

     

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    Brady, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:01pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Not nearly to the extent that the content industries do. Look it up. It's shocking.

     

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    demented, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:05pm

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    OK then, we need one of those over here stat! H

     

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    stonecarver, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:05pm

    MPAA threats

    Think back to where you saw the download links for limewire ,Kazaa,bit torrent ect.That would be Cnet or Znet owned by CBS-Viacom with partnership and of course download links to ALL of the big boys behind SOPA,PIPA & the next incarnation of this rather nasty set-up. Who was it that gave step by step instructions on how to use this software using COPY WRITTEN music and movies/tv shows as examples ? Who was it that demonstrated the effectiveness of these very programs in side to side comparisons once again using COPY WRITTEN music and movies/tv shows as examples ? And last but no means least Who was it that hosted reviews & blogs extolling the comparative virtues of all of these EEEvillle file sharing programs ? Why that would be our usual suspects Cnet,CBS-Viacom,Disney,and all of the rest of the SOPARISTS.
    Just a thought but by distributing and providing step by step instructions on effective use of the file sharing software according to the very laws being used to arrest every one from teenagers to Mega-upload wouldn’t that make the SOPARISTS as guilty if not MUCH more so ?
    Also wouldn’t providing the tools necessary, step by step instruction, comparisons and ongoing encouragement be legally regarded as IMPLIED CONSENT or at the VERY least entrapment? Just askin

    So to sum up The very groups that originally provided the tools necessary, step by step instruction, comparisons and ongoing encouragement for citizens to download media from the internet are now punishing the leader of the country for not handing over defacto control of the net and arranging to incarcerate ANY citizens using the VERY tools they worked so very hard to get into use…Am I missing anything ? WoW!!!

     

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    Jess, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:45pm

    Re: DODD: We've Given Our QUID, We Want Our QUO!

    This is how our political system works now. People endorse and donate to politicians with whom they agree in hopes of furthering their message and thus gaining more support. Corporations are empowered to do the same with their vastly larger mountains of excess cash.

    It's supposed to work that a politician as a platform and a company or individual donates to support that platform. It DOES become bribery when those funds are given with an expectation that the politician will act against his platform and instead in the interests of that 'donor'.

    It's an incredibly thin line.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 3:53pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Blackmail, check. Bribery, check.

    That's enough for a RICO case against the MPAA, isn't it?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:00pm

    F mpaa!!

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    "Are you seriously claiming the conservatives are different?"

    Indeed, some people are willfully ignorant.

     

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    Foxcrawl, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:06pm

    polictics

    politics and bribery were always hand to hand

     

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    Creator, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:09pm

    A new priority

    Stop locking up people for,marijuana and start locking them up for Piracy. It is theft, pure and simple. Are you a low life that steals from people? Then admit it and stop all the BS about new markets and new tech and opportunities and all the other crap.You know the first people in line with lobbyists crying and whining when code gets stolen by the Chinese screaming about copyrights and intellectual property? The tech sector.

    I think the MPAA has rightly looked at the music business and the "new market" and the "opportunity" that Steve Jobs showed them and said no thanks.

     

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    Rick Ladd (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:21pm

    Transformation, not reformation

    "The MPAA needs a reformer, one who helps guide Hollywood into the opportunities of a new market place."

    Some may see it as splitting hairs, but I think the MPAA (and many, many more organizations and entities) don't need to be reformed . . . which is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on you-know-what. What they need is a radical transformation into enterprises that understand and make use of the new tools available to them to effect change.

    The Internet, especially in its 2.0 incarnation, is not a reformation of how we communicate and interact; it's a far reaching transformation that's affecting everything we do - including how we responded to SOPA & PIPA. We need leaders who understand or, at the very least, are open to learning about, the changes taking place in communication and, yes, entertainment. Dodd clearly isn't one of them.

    I'm sure transformation is what you meant :)

     

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    Madison, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:24pm

    Dodd

    The internet is the last bastion on free capitalism, lets keep up the development of the free flow of ideas. Everyone matters here.

     

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    Hollywood is not everything!, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 4:59pm

    We already quietly knew there was corruption and bribes to put it mildly within the government. Now it was almost literally said out in the wide open. Really, Hollywood is just a luxury for us. It is not a necessity. So screw you Chris Dodd.

     

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    Vincent Giannell, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:06pm

    I hope that jerk gets arrested for threatening the non-corrupt politicians. That should be against the law.

     

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    AlexFury, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:08pm

    Would be nice if...

    I recall a comedian. Might have been Robin Williams, but not sure. But in the theme of what I recall. 'it would be nice if political candidates were more like NASCAR... so that every candidate who gets money from a corporation, wore the sticker. That way we'd at least know who they're voting for, since it's obviously not the public.'

    Yes, a paraphrase, but I think the point is there.

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:23pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    That is not what Citizens United said. Citizens United said you can spend your money in order to speak and that US corporations are allowed to do the same. Exchanging money for political benefits is a bribe and illegal.

     

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    netwrok, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:37pm

    It's long overdue that we get money out of politics. Bribery is not acceptable, especially when you are selling out a whole country, just to line your own pockets.

     

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    It is not where this country is headed, but, sadly, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 5:38pm

    Seems to me Chris Dodd is very centered and concerned only with his neck of the woods. He's practically saying he does not care how SOPA could negatively effect everyone involved but, rather, would like for it to be passed carelessly so that a selected few (Hollywood) can benefit from it. He not only sent out a message on corruption within the government, but he also sent out a message that Hollywood is more important than We The People. I agree that Hollywood is a luxury and not a necessity.

     

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    CJ (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:08pm

    There must be some way to take these people to court even if that means taking them all to court at the same time.

    Something along the lines of

    We the people are suing MPAA for _____ fill in the blank.

     

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    Jake, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:11pm

    So where do I sign up for the class action Anti-Trust suit against the MPAA and RIAA?

     

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    TDR, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:34pm

    Re:

    I hope that jerk gets arrested for threatening the non-corrupt politicians. That should be against the law.

    How do you threaten something that pretty much doesn't exist?

     

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    anonymous, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:37pm

    Re:

    First you have to research to find out how to sue someone on behalf of the People, US law, and the United States Constitution, and Government.

    There has to be a way for the people to bring suit legally against someone of an organization trying to do harm to the United States. Or lets call them what they want to be called too "people" Because Dodd is speaking as "the" people for the MPAA then we can sue the "whole" MPAA Every division, extension, regardless of where they are located at because they claim to be a people. So even Dodd's words, or any of them that threaten the US can be taken to court.

    The Constitution says we have a right to protect our Country. Against foreign and domestic. Dodd threatened our politicians.

    As an American we should have the right to sue/charge the MPAA because Dodd threaten our politicians.

     

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    Roy, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    MPAA RIAA

    What I dont understand that we are living in 20th century Hollywood Hogs and all other need sit back and shut the hell up. I am a begginer and going to school so I make money just like everyone on here. I cant ask for anything better. If Hollywood Hogs or whoever want to control the monoply on the internet and who the hell in IT world is going to hand them that privelige. I hope everyone out there is create there own films from home or where ever that it time to drive them all down to hell. We aint acting we have power enough is enough. Lets us all create jobs so other people dont suffer like Hollywood, Government Hogs have always eating a fricken fancy on TV saying to American Taxers you are paying for this. What do I know probably nothing.

     

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    CJ (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 6:52pm

    So is it safe to say we have to make a complaint with the FBI in order to legally find out if charges can be brought against the MPAA, and Dodd?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threatening_the_government_officials_of_the_United_States

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:07pm

    And he admitted in his statement what the actual problem is.

    "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"

    His job is at stake, because they are paying him a shit ton of money not because he can solve their problems, but because of the influence they hope he can peddle.
    His job should be to tell the studios that it is the 21st century and it might be time to bite the bullet and *gasp* adapt.
    Instead they expected him to "lobby" (read bribe) Congress into giving them everything they ever wanted. It doesn't matter if it would make things less safe, would leave the door open to massive censorship, or anything else. He wanted to show his new overlords he had clout. He almost made it...and then was stopped, by some "nerds" and people who spend less on their political access than he pays for lunch.

    This is a man who most likely will be fired by June unless he manages to deliver something. His ass is on the line, and rather than look for real solutions to a supply & demand based problem in the business model they use - he decided they could just buy another decade for the business model.

    He is still working just like a regular Congresscritter though - creating an issue not directly related to the real problem, create the ultimate solution, ignore the repercussions. (See TSA for prime example).

     

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    Joe, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:08pm

    Re: Disgusting

    It's so sad... Justice only works against the people now. This bastard is everything wrong with our country. ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACCEPT BRIBES. You are there for the PEOPLE! Elected BY the PEOPLE. Where is the justice!? Where, dead. Bought, shelved, filed under "Not profitable unless used against citizens".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:09pm

    Re:

    This is a very interesting idea in the sense that it would be nice to have just a little order... but a little moderation over a very large population means a lot of power in the hands of a select few(again). To organize would require the hiring of private contractors, investors, and public relations, all of whom would naturally push(a little) for their own agendas. It should be as it has always been, free speech doesnt need a muzzle, The internet should remain free.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:19pm

    "Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,"

    This is more than just an admission of financial bribery. It's also an admission of intended blackmail. It's all hidden in the wording.

    "Don't ask me[...] "don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake""

    In other-words: "If you keep doing what we tell you to, we'll keep your "dirty laundry" on the down-low. But if you stop dancing to our tune, we won't ignore your "dirty laundry".

     

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    LOM, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:25pm

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    Well now we know what the FEMA camps are for.

     

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    John Cartwright, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:33pm

    This speaks of arrogance.

    This man is quiet arrogant if he thinks he can get away with this. All politicians can not be trusted, even Ron Paul could be a bad guy in disguise. The guy should be in jail along with all of the corrupt politicians that support these Internet Censorship bills.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    'considered valuable enough to rip off.'

    Subjective and deliberately obtuse.
    One mans trash is another mans treasure.

    That aside, even if I made some mega-super-fantastic multi-million revenue piece of published media I wouldn't give a damn if anyone downloads it or otherwise (plagiarism is another matter, otherwise I'd scrap copyright in it's entirely right now and leave the world all the better off without it).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 7:57pm

    Re: Disgusting

    Welcome to America

     

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    Light Yagami, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:15pm

    Where's that Death Note when you need it the most?

     

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    abc gum, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    "you can spend your money in order to speak'

    But one should not need money to be allowed speech.

    I will not agree that a corporation is is a person until Texas executes one.

     

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    CJ (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    A high judge said that a corporation is a person. I did not make that up they had a court hearing on that BS.

     

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    Fush Yumeng, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 8:43pm

    Response to: demented on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 9:15pm

    "This guy acted like a vile little dishonest turd throughout the last few months,

    He's not acting.

     

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    CJ (profile), Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:03pm

    Re:

    I want to see the FBI and the FTC involved.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    To do my own content I need to "clear the rights" first and that cost millions to do it on a global market, what are you and idiot?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:22pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    You see every farmer should sue Monsanto for loss of crops due to contamination by the altered crops.

     

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    chris, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:36pm

    Response to: ShellMG on Jan 20th, 2012 @ 6:59pm

    Soo right!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 9:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    This reminds me of something someone said to me:

    Him: You know that video games are bad for you, right?
    Me: That's what the Egyptians said about writing. That's what the Early Christians said about punctuation and spaces between words. That's what Congress said about jazz music. (And I did memorize those lines due to people often saying that)
    Him: ...well, it's not like that will always be the case.

    So, yeah. I think that's what the MPAA and RIAA are thinking.

     

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    Wilhelm Reuch, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:15pm

    What is the problem?

    The MPAA use its money to support those who is sympathetic to their cause. And if that politician changes his/her mind the MPAA get a little grumpy. So?

    The problem here is that the net/web is flawed. The nerds forgot they need to finance the production of new content. They just built simple cheap webservices to distribute (copy) stuff that already exist. We are doomed to only have cover-bands in the future.

    And all the rhetoric and finger-pointing elsewhere, all the name-calling "old media", "dinosaurs" will not hide this fact. The nerds and the web2.0-heads are now asking for free content "you will be rewarded in heaven". Or "Google will pay a (very-very small) amount when they monetize your content".

     

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    Wilhelm Reuch, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:15pm

    What is the problem?

    The MPAA use its money to support those who is sympathetic to their cause. And if that politician changes his/her mind the MPAA get a little grumpy. So?

    The problem here is that the net/web is flawed. The nerds forgot they need to finance the production of new content. They just built simple cheap webservices to distribute (copy) stuff that already exist. We are doomed to only have cover-bands in the future.

    And all the rhetoric and finger-pointing elsewhere, all the name-calling "old media", "dinosaurs" will not hide this fact. The nerds and the web2.0-heads are now asking for free content "you will be rewarded in heaven". Or "Google will pay a (very-very small) amount when they monetize your content".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 10:54pm

    Re: What is the problem?

    riiiiight.... cause a random nerd's music is so much worse than .... riiight

     

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    steve, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:14pm

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    Dodd is a (high ranking) Dem.

     

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    Say what?, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:39pm

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    Who are you working for the Dudds of Holly Wood?

     

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    Brendan (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 12:53am

    Re: Symbiosis

    I can get behind you on term limits and laws for public good, but forcing candidates to self-fund seems to be a good way to guarantee we only get super wealthy elected officials. You think any honest hard working mother or father is going to put the mortgage or kids college fund on the line for a bid for office?

    I would love to see more non-career-politicians in office, but to do that we need to make it _easier_ for good people to run.

     

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    Herp, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:02am

    Burn the MPAA

    If you're involved with the MPAA, you are subhuman.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Whom do you screw to conceive one?

     

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    Cynthia (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:51am

    corrupt idiots blowing OUR money, they have to be stopped

    I was wondering how this country would be "IF" the people we elected (or think we elected) performed the job with ethics, morals, using the constitution as the guide book, reported unethical behavior to an honest press. If special interest groups and lobbyists were banned, if we had term limits, background checks, drug testing, performance reviews, swift and harsh punishment for un-american behavior and social damnation, prison and not allowing them to go to work for the company that bought them. I believe that if they started being honest and doing the job we sent them to do, that possibly, the corrupt corporations would have to follow suit or face prison too. It just has to be possible to clear the congress and senate from the thieves, liars and whores corrupted by greed. We as the 99% must put our foot down, join forces and demand the new people stand up to the monster. We have to stop supporting the world, policing and bullying the world, shut our doors, kick out the illegals, stop the welfare ride and spend money on rebuilding our country. Rather than sending billions to countries that don't need it and hate us, that money could go towards repairing bridges, roads, buildings, starting businesses that manufacture everything we need. Stop the farm subsidies, lets grow our own food and sell the leftovers. Drill our own oil, create alternative power. Train all the people on welfare to work a good job, with good pay, benefits, force the mortgage companies to either give back all of our bail out money, or stop foreclosing on houses that we paid for. Change the way banks and mtg companies structure mortgages so it is much more fair, lower taxes, stop taxing at least half of the things they tax. Spend the military budget on protecting our country here. Clear the prisons of poor people that got screwed by some ego prosecutor climbing his way to the top on the backs of the poor, got a unfair trial. Legalize marijuana for God sakes, just make it illegal to drive or use at work. Stop the BS advertisements from drug companies, spend our money on helping people with affordable rehab programs, common sense training, enforce the laws we have. There are good people in this country that want to work, lets get some jobs going, and put more into supporting the positive life activities, stop hollyweird from glamorizing war, murder, violence, bad behavior and start setting good examples of positive behavior. Pay teachers, Drs, police and firemen/women what they are worth, and stop the outrageous salaries of the sports people, It makes little sense to give millions because a person can throw, kick or catch a ball, when scientists are so limited and trying to create live saving ideas that could really help our country and planet. Stop the greed, manipulation, and unethical "relationships". It should not be allowed that pharm companies own the medical schools, it should not be allowed that some group owns the media and is brainwashing the masses with lies that benefit them, not the country. It should be illegal for the "news" be owned by the networks, it has to be free to tell the truth to the American people straight, no fear mongering, war mongering or ignoring presidential candidates because they want to uphold the law, the constitution. We have to stop all the deals, the campaign donations for special laws for some.

    I look at it this way. Why be spending all our money to "protect" our country with our back door wide open? Would any citizen allow some stranger that broke into their home, stay? Would they pay for their food, medical, housing, give them cash and then let that burglar demand better food? demand to let the rest of the family move in? Bring the military home from all 150 bases all around the world. It is like paying people to like us and that never works. Uncle Joe is getting $5,000 a week from you, threatening that if you don't keep paying him the money that he will go to the other neighbors and bad mouth you. We know Joe is never going to be able to stand on his own, run his own life, heck, where is the motivation? They are doing it all wrong! There is NO way Japan needs money, or China or any of the others. We need to be able to keep more of the money we earn. When a country has a tragedy, we can help along with other countries, but when they start living much better than us, things have to change. It started before Reagan and has spread like cancer and is so out of control that it is going to take a revolution from ALL the people, get us back on our feet, fix our country. Pay the seniors their money, pay the Veterans MORE for risking their lives, the injuries, let them live a good life after such a brave honorable service, stop giving it to ungrateful, illegal criminals.

    It sucks pretty bad when a disaster happens here and people have to get money out of their own pockets to pay and help people when that is what we are paying taxes for!!! WE have to stop the BS charities, evil corportions, organized religions and large chain restaurants from deceiving the trusting public from the greed. When would they ever cure cancer, diabetes, or any other disease when the CEO is making 875 million a year from OUR donations, fast food is not even food anymore, it is fat, high fructose corn syrup, salt, fillers, binders, additives and preservatives, GM frankenfood along with liquid toxins sold as meals, bullying organic farmers, making our kids fat, starving the seniors that paid in all their lives while free loaders sneak across the border and actually get three times as much money, plus food, plus housing, medical, education when our children have to go into outrageous debt. NOT right! We have watched the "morning news" go from a half hour of news weather and sports to all day fluffy, misleading, manipulative, fear mongering CRAP, most of it lies or BS. We have brave men and women in grave yards all over this planet that gave their lives to protect the country, the constitution and save some others from evil. They deserve honor and it is the least we can do to stand up for the same. Run those thieves out of office and into a prison cell. We have the laws, we just need the courts to stop the corruption, if a person files a lawsuit against a criminal and the judge isn't just or fair, kick the jerk out. No more caps on lawsuits, but if a guy that is injured during the commission of a crime, he must lose the right to sue his victims. The guys that made us all those promises to get into office don't care about us, will send our children into war for oil, oil that we could get right here! The jobs created are needed. I feel that it should be illegal for a foreigner to own any business in America, become an American and OK, but use American workers, stop sending jobs overseas. If we can do it so can they. If we just keep giving them money for nothing, they are all just going to keep sitting on their corrupt asses while their people starve, cut off the money, fix our country, then, and ONLY then should we teach others to do what we are doing, we should Never do it for them. If we don't stop all this crap soon, we will have a bunch of dependent good for nothings with their hands in our pockets.

    We need to form a class action suit against Chris Dodd (the guy that designed the mortgage collapse)and get him OUT of government, then Frank Barney, that guy is incompetent, corrupt, has NO idea how to do anything but line his own pockets... and remember, it is our money, NOT theirs... time for a revolution!!!!!! Respectfully submitted:

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:59am

    Re: What is the problem?

    "The problem here is that the net/web is flawed. The nerds forgot they need to finance the production of new content. They just built simple cheap webservices to distribute (copy) stuff that already exist. We are doomed to only have cover-bands in the future."

    Better tell that to these guys
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UALSKBc_Hk4

    They've already cut their own album full of original songs.

    Basement band. They don't have a garage.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 4:08am

    Re: corrupt idiots blowing OUR money, they have to be stopped

    If you care to break that up some more so it is easier to read, I just might read it.

     

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    rodimusx, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:04am

    What went down.

     

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    demented, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:17am

    Re: What is the problem?

    Read this: http://www.catherynnemvalente.com/fairyland/about

    Hugely flawed argument. And I would rather have a future filled with cover bands than no free Internet.

    And you're just perpetuating the usual lies that the big corporations are feeding you. It's been shown that lots of "nerds" DO buy content, but they don't want to just blindly gobble up the crap the dinosaur old media produces.

    Oh, and piracy is possible WITHOUT the web. I once gave a friend a burn of three CDs I owned and paid for, so he could see if he liked the bands. Guess what: HE BOUGHT THE CDS HIMSELF, and some bands got a new fan.

     

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    demented, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:32am

    "The MPAA needs a reformer, one who helps guide Hollywood into the opportunities of a new market place."

    Sort of like the Mafia needs a reformer.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:51am

    Re: Transformation, not reformation

    Some may see it as splitting hairs

    I wouldn't say it's splitting hairs, just incorrect. ;-)

    reform: Verb: Make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.

    It doesn't say small changes, just changes. Radical transformation is a type of reform.

     

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    Jim, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:55am

    Lizard man.

    Clearly former senator Dodd is a lizard man.

     

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    Tom, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:12am

    wow

    If I can't buy your vote, imma take my legos and go home. WAH

     

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    Tom, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:15am

    Re: corrupt idiots blowing OUR money, they have to be stopped

    Diatribe > Post

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:34am

    Re: What is the problem?

    The nerds and the web2.0-heads are now asking for free content "you will be rewarded in heaven".

    No need to wait. For example:

    http://www.jamendo.com

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:39am

    Re: Re: Symbiosis

    I can get behind you on term limits and laws for public good, but forcing candidates to self-fund seems to be a good way to guarantee we only get super wealthy elected officials.

    Not self-funding, public funding. Nobody is allowed to contribute to a campaign fund, including the person running. All campaign funds come from tax revenue. Yes, it would be expensive, but how much is honest democracy worth?

     

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    John Fenderson (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:25am

    Re: Re:

    "They can VOTE to get rid of 'crooked politicians'."

    Actually, no, this isn't anything like a complete solution.

    First, there are very few candidates in the offing who are not corrupted to some degree. Most elections boil down to picking the least corrupt -- but the choices offered are still all corrupt.

    Second, the system itself is geared to require corruption. If a completely honest politician is elected, they are be ineffectual. They are unable to get legislation modified or passed. They have to compromise -- to become corrupted -- in order to get anything accomplished at all.

    We can't vote our way out of this problem. Voting is important, yes, but insufficient.

     

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    Derek, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:35am

    Proud to be an American...haha

    Your representative government hard at work for your best interests.

     

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    David, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:39am

    let's use other laws against them.

    I think we need to have some hearings and put a few people out of office and into jail. Dodd has already admitted his guilt where are the charges against him?

    it's against federal law.

    18 USCS § 597 reads, in part:

    "Whoever solicits, accepts, or receives any such expenditure in consideration of his vote or the withholding of his vote--

    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both."

     

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    Dilapidated Irritant, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:42am

    May be more effective?

    You know, the movie industry will just chock it up to pirates, and the theater owners will suffer needlessly. Did you know that movietheatre (cinema) owners do not make one cant off ticket-sales? They get their money through mostly popcorn and drink revenue.

    So how about we go to the movies, but only to get some popcorn and a drink?
    This way we could show the MPAA that we are not pirating, we are actually boycotting them.
    The theatre owners will not needlessly suffer, and we might be able to engage in conversation with them, make them understand that we are actually on their side, and that the MPAA is wrong.

    They will relay the information to the MPAA, and we can be sure not to have our boycott bunched up with "them ebil pirates".

    How's it sound?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:45am

    Re: May be more effective?

    Sounds good if the popcorn and drinks are outside the theater and don't need a ticket to get access to that part otherwise is just giving the MAFIAA money for free.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:52am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Actually voting is the only way in a pacifist way we can change anything, what is needed is and unprecedented level of coordination by the public to achieve it, by no means impossible just very very difficult.

    The Tea Party proved that they can get their people there, they just didn't had any legislation in hands, in Japan Koizumi showed everyone in the world how it is done with the Koizumi Children, he was being blocked by the Japanese parliament so he just told the Japanese public on whom to vote and after that he got his laws passed.

    The key is to have the laws ready to be enacted and then just worry about people who can deliver their votes for those laws.

    The drafting of those laws has to occur in the public space and only after agreed upon by the majority of people move to congress, the tools for that are here already, what is needed is an iLaw editor kind of things, something that can make the process painless to everyone, so they can group together, discuss, write, review and vote.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:57am

    Re: Re: Symbiosis

    I think some countries use a scheme where all funds are put in one place and then distributed to all candidates.

    So there is no exclusive accords for financing.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:57am

    Re: let's use other laws against them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:58am

    Re: What is the problem?

    Tell that to all the content producer on Youtube making six figures.

     

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    FredtheFailLord, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:12am

    Re:

    I'd say a pretty long time. Someone has to pay the FBI's budget.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:07am

     

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    Ella, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:14am

    Ridiculous

    Chris Dodd claims that piracy problems have led his industry to lose millions of dollars in revenue and that it's not the actors, directors, etc. that are suffering, but it's the "make up artists, stage crews, etc" that really feel the burn. ehm, to my knowledge, movies are still produced frequently; i doubt they pay make up artists, stage crews more money just because they can earn some extra $100 million without pirates stealing away their work. bet that $100 million will go into dodd's, actors' directors' pockets--- people who already have a ton of money. so, in a way, i don't see any problems here.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:16am

    Re:

    there are other options, try minus for example, can get 50gb free from them 2gb per file limit.

    but yeah, out govt is a wholly own subsidiary of whatever corporate interests pay the most that day/week/year.

     

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    Mackenore, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:21am

    Bring back the Gallows for any charges of curruption then maybe goverment wouldn't be such a total soap opera joke.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    sounds like spell check fail, happens to me at times as well using opera's build in spell check and clicking the word above/below the one i wanted....

    either way, you know what he meant due to context, so why be a grammar/spelling nazi about it?

     

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    abc gum, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    "as there are maybe three actual liberals in office right now (hint: Obama's not one of them -- he's a right-leaning centrist)"

    Cracks me up when I hear someone refer to CNN as liberal and I have been laughed at several times after stating that Obama is a centrist.

    Many people are ignorant and/or deceitful when it comes to the political spectrum and where certain politicians and publications stand in that spectrum.

     

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    AzureSky (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    if only, would love to see all employees of a major dirtbag corporation executed, would be a real eye opener to others...would probably make them want to reverse that ruling that corporations are people...

     

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    abc gum, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 11:41am

    Re: Ridiculous

    "but it's the "make up artists, stage crews, etc" that really feel the burn ... i doubt they pay make up artists, stage crews more money just because they can earn some extra $100 million"

    Dont forget the popcorn farmers.

     

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    Anonymous, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 1:38pm

    Freedom Party

    There is one in Europe, its called the Pirate party and has representation in the European Parliament.

     

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    DoddisDirt, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Since when did the tech industry hire a big name former senator to be their lobbyist? Since when did the tech industry come on TV and threaten the Congress of the United States? Since when did the tech industry sponsor a bill that would threaten freedom of speech?

     

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    Thomas (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 1:48pm

    Politicians..

    are corrupt, Republican or Democrat. Any politician would sell his own children in order to make sure he gets elected.

    Simply revealing the dirty money isn't going to change things; voters have short memories and don't really care if the politicians are accepting bribes. Voters are notoriously stupid and they are likely to forget the whole thing by election time. After the election, the newly elected politicians will happily go back and pass whatever bills are paid for by whoever slip them the money.

     

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    jakkadan (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Everyone that doesn't support SOPA is a traitor

    why should we stifle 'all' new works of art for sake of the greedy few, u obviously have no idea how the internet workz, so get bak urself back under what ever rock u live under until u do understand what's really happenin.
    u'd have have them all in guantanamo no doubt but that will not stop it, this new way of 'sharin' is only gonna get bigger no matter attempts to thwart them is tried, they will always find a away around it
    and as for 'honest businesses', pllleeeaze give uz all a break, n' take ur blinkers off, u don't see the film studio'z or the recording label'z showin much of a dent in their annual profits, especially with companies like amazon around, they are always going to make massive profits. most of their profits don't even come from cd'z or dvd'z, so it'z time u and them stopped bitching about what amountz to, (in the grand scheme of things), a drop in the ocean, which is more than compensated by other avenuez of revenue.
    jakkadan

     

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    someone (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Fight back

    One day and almost 10k signatures already!

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:09pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    all of us!

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 3:12pm

    Re: Re:

    *was* a high ranking Dem - now he's just a high paid hooker

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 4:58pm

    Re: May be more effective?

    They will relay the information to the MPAA, and we can be sure not to have our boycott bunched up with "them ebil pirates".

    I think you're underestimating their ability to blame things on piracy. "They bought snacks at the theater and then went home to watch bit torrents. If it weren't for piracy, they would have bought movie tickets."

     

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    AKBWannabe, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:01pm

    "We suggest that in the meantime, if the MPAA is truly concerned about the jobs of truck drivers and others in the industry, then it can bring its overseas filming back to the U.S. and create more jobs. It could stop holding states hostage for millions of dollars in subsidies that strained state budgets can’t afford while pushing special-interest bills through state legislatures. While that happens, discussions could take place."

    Perfect! Just perfect...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Bollocks. 'Clearing the rights' is something that you do when creating derivative works (and, IIRC, the term is generally used for the creation of _nonconsensual_ derivative works), not original content.

    *MOST* original content out there was produced for a lot less than a million dollars - including all the stuff I've worked on that people have found valuable enough to warez.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:30pm

    Re:

    If you've got customers, use some of the money they paid you to pay for real hosting (it's cheap) and upload your games to it. If you want to give your users the same experience Megaupload did, add some popup advertising for assorted scams, throw in an Evony ad, and make them wait a minute or five for the download to start.

    There are a few people who used Megaupload to distribute free stuff, but it was really a bad idea - the idle time deletion means that you can't trust your files to stick around *ANYHOW*, and the site does a great job of making everything hosted on it look dodgy.

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:53pm

    Re: Fight back

    Congrats! Your petition has spread well beyond techdirt!

    I've signed it and posted a link on my FB and twitter account.

     

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    Marah Marie (profile), Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 5:53pm

    They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    From the OP: It shows, yet again, that he just doesn't get it. But it's not just him; there was an AP article the other day saying the reason this is being fought about in Congress at all is that Obama had a chance to block these bills but passed because he himself doesn't want to offend Hollywood campaign contributors.

    Corruption transcends party lines, ideology, status in Washington, and any other form of compartmentalization in politics: it revolves around getting elected or re-elected, which thanks to the high cost of TV ads (which should be given away gratis as a public service) is so outrageously expensive that no one can get their foot in the door anymore without sucking up to everyone out there with a big, fat checkbook.

    Thanks to the high cost of running a visible, much less successful campaign, most politicians are forced to sell out. Unless you're Ron Paul - somehow he's managed not to - maybe everyone else from Obama on down ought to start taking notes on "how". In the meantime, campaign ads really need to become free of charge - why does no one pass a bill mandating that or even put one up to a vote? Get rid of the very reason for the corruption so we can start fighting these issues out on a more honest and level playing field?

     

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    youwiz, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 6:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    But mainly the entertainment industry threatens itself

     

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    abc gum, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 7:46pm

    Re: They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    "there was an AP article the other day saying the reason this is being fought about in Congress at all is that Obama had a chance to block these bills but passed because he himself doesn't want to offend Hollywood campaign contributors. "


    Someone is confused

    dateline 14Jan2012 The White House Comes Out Against SOPA

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/01/14/the-white-house-comes-out-against-sopa/

     

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    Teeleton, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 8:39pm

    Re:

    Actually, what would send a clearer signal would be to vote out anyone who votes for either sopa or pipa when their turn is up. Regardless of whether it passes or not. Lots of signs at the polling places that say "So-and-so voted for SOPA/PIPA. We haven't forgotten"

     

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    youwiz, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 9:38pm

    Re: Re: corrupt idiots blowing OUR money, they have to be stopped

    ^ This

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:52pm

    MPAA should be disbanded and the rating system moved into the hands of non-political group.

     

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    Mike, Jan 22nd, 2012 @ 10:56pm

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    If the net had a representative, all his/her proposals would be along the lines of "NEED MORE PORN".

     

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    JMT (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 12:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Miss the smiley?

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    The voting system in the US is a joke. You don't even have to buy voters there for president. I remember Bush winning with LESS votes than his competitor. Democracy much?

     

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    WantingINSIDE4Change, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:13am

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    Tim, I am SO there too ... how does one go about getting to be an "insider" without getting elected,and without having millions of dollars, or billions?! And not be a movie star or rock star? Hmm.... naw, the idea I JUST had is probably called treason ... grin!

     

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    Fredd Bloggs, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 4:34am

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    Indeed they do, think Microsoft and DRM and all the really bad for consumer deals they very nearly got away with with the likes of Disney et al.

     

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    booboo, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 5:57am

    who ?

    Dodd, who the fuck is Dodd ?
    This asshole will be out of a job soon,and another one will take his place , better or worse , time will tell.
    Dodd ? WTF is Dodd ? Is he important or something ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    Actually, 'clearing the rights' is something you do if you want to distribute a movie via theaters. It is part of the process of obtaining insurance; you need insurance because movie theaters can be sued for copyright infringement and they want a guarantee from you that the movie doesn't infringe or if it does that you have insurance to cover the cost of a lawsuit.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:14am

    Re: They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    In the meantime, campaign ads really need to become free of charge - why does no one pass a bill mandating that or even put one up to a vote?

    Because the people who would have to vote on it are the ones who benefit from the corruption.

     

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    Lowestofthekeys, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:43am

    Chris Dodd's Brass Balls

    It's sort of ballsy of Chris Dodd to talk about his job being at stake considering that the entertainment industry was going to attempt to funnel movies into video-on-demand, which essentially would put the theaters out of business and thousands of people would lose their jobs.

    It's even ironic that the entertainment industry goes to such great lengths to prevent musicians from releasing their music without a middleman, when they're trying to take out the middlemen for their own media.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:47am

    Don't forget to sign the petition
    Created in response to this article . As of writing it has 16,360 of the needed 25,000 signatures.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:03am

    Re: who ?

    "Dodd ? WTF is Dodd ? Is he important or something ?"

    He certainly is! Just ask him.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:07am

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    That is about another 1000 in the last few hours.

     

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    Overcast (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:17am

    Dodd is a prime example of 'politics' in this country. Get in office to screw taxpayers and consumers to make a big corporation a buck. If you do well enough, perhaps the corporation will hire you as it's own private whore.

     

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    Jason, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:42am

    It happens all the time...

    Entertainment is not the only industry that buys politicians. Another example is the companies that manufacture car seats. Why do you think the laws about how long children have to stay in car seats changes every few years? Industry lobbyists buy more politicians who pass laws in the name of keeping children "safe." (They're really just doing the bidding of the manufacturers.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:55am

    Re: Dodd is Completely Without Ethics or Shame

    Please don't compare those in prostitution with Chris Dodd. There is nothing wrong or shameful in being a prostitute, and I feel the horrible insult for the men and the women in prostitution at your comparison to Dodd.

    I respectfully ask that you apologise to the men and the women who choose prostitution as their career, for insinuating that their occupation lies on the same low level as Chris Dodd.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 8:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    > Make your own content that's considered valuable enough to rip off.
    > You can't.


    If it were true that nobody else could make valuable content, then why are you so worried about Creative Commons Licensing ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 8:34am

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    "Make your own content that's considered valuable enough to rip off."

    You first.

    You can't

    Everyone sees that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:10am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    The voting system is more complex than "most votes win." If it wasn't, then states like New York and California would constantly drown out the concerns of states like Indiana and Wyoming. There may be flaws in the system, but they aren't the ones you seem to be implying.

     

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    David, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:21am

    Re: Disgusting

    "If you do what I like I will contribute to your campaign; if you don't do what I like, I won't contribute to your campaign." If we have campaign contributions in any form, this statement is the very essence of them. Calling it bribery is incorrect, or an indictment of the system. To jail Dodd for this and not every other politician would be absurd. I disagree with his politics here, but your criticism should have some relation to reality.

     

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    Marah Marie (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:31am

    Re: Re: They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    Oh goodie, so in the last few days after the sheer amount of protests and negative publicity SOA and PIPA have received Obama has changed his stance ever so slightly; how "nuanced" of him, and how perceptive of you to point this out as though it refutes anything I just said.

    Obama will probably back-peddle again in favor of the damn bills before this whole thing is over, seriously, who cares what he's saying now? In the meantime, as I was saying, he's afraid of losing Hollywood's support (can't find the exact AP article, which I read in a newspaper, but in the meantime here, have this: http://www.imperfectparent.com/topics/2012/01/17/obama-comes-out-against-current-sopa-and-pipa-legis lation-but-stops-short-of-killing-it/).

    Quote from the article, with emphasis my own:

    Before today, Obama has been disappointingly silent on the twin censorship bills. The problem is — the upcoming election. Obama and the Democrats get a lot of support from the Motion Picture Industry and ‘Hollywood types’ who seem to be extorting politicians into stifling the freedom of the Internet in effort to eliminate bootlegged material from surfacing on the net. [...] In an election year, the President has to walk a fine line, but the bills are far from being dead. While the White House came out and said that it wouldn’t support the current drafts of the legislation, it did say that it would support revised drafts. Hollywood is not going to let this go and they are going to call out favors for political donations.

    I could search and search and link and link you to more and more posts, including the AP article I can't find that said much the same thing, but if you're locked shut on this nothing is going to change your mind so why bother? Go ahead and trust Obama to do what's best for us: he won't - and no, I don't care what he's saying at the moment, it makes no difference. At most he'll support ever-so-slightly watering down (not eliminating) bills like SOPA and PIPA until he gets re-elected, then change his stance again.

     

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    MrWilson, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:43am

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    Looks like someone has the right idea: Petition: investigate Chris Dodd for fraud

     

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    Agaponzie, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:49am

    Let's see some Truth

    This has failed to surprise me, and its unfortunate that corruption has become the norm in politics. I would love to see a politician stand up for truth. They would go down in history as one of the greats. I think this is something everybody can agree with from the occupiers to the tea party. Unfortunately, I'm not sure our generation can produce somebody of such character. I discuss the power of a life of Truth here: http://agaponzie.blogspot.com/2012/01/life-of-truth.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 10:30am

    Re: Re: DODD: We've Given Our QUID, We Want Our QUO!

    It isn't a thin line at all. Every time a corporation gives money to a politician it's a bribe because corporations don't really have platforms; corporations are interested in specific issues but I doubt Proctor and Gamble gives money to Republicans because they are pro-lifers and want to end abortion. I also doubt they give money to Democrats so that they can expand Social Security benefits.

    They give money to get action on specific issues that directly impact them, that is the definition of bribery.

     

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    T, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 11:29am

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    With this many vested interests? I'd say revolution is the only viable answer...

     

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    Rick Ladd (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 12:03pm

    Re: Re: Transformation, not reformation

    Thank you for pointing out the inadequacy of simple dictionary definitions, especially when looked at with little context. I use the words "reform" and "transform" in the sense the late Professor Russell Ackoff did. Here's an example of how he saw the difference, taken from http://www.tracepickering.com/1/post/2011/1/what-does-transformation-mean-and-how-can-we-avoid-refor m-mistakes-of-the-past.html:

    "Ackoff defines "REFORM" as "to leave a system as it is and try to change its behavior through a modification of the means it employs." This, he says, is about "doing things right." Reforming teacher pay would be to attempt to change behavior by changing the means by which teachers get paid.

    "He defines "TRANSFORM" as " to change a system's objectives or ends and the means it employs to acheive those ends." This, he says, is about "doing the right things." Tranforming teacher pay would be to match the pay system with the explicit outcomes of the new education system."


    The article says nothing about "radical" reform. I'm merely trying to point out that doing the same things somewhat differently likely won't get us useful results. Based on the teachings of Ackoff (and others, e.g. Deming and Drucker) I think the distinction is important.

     

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    stompsfrogs (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re: Disgusting

    tu quoque
    try again trololo

     

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    stompsfrogs (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Disgusting

    there were emoticons all throughout Mein Kampf, dontchya know.

     

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    nasch (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Transformation, not reformation

    I'm merely trying to point out that doing the same things somewhat differently likely won't get us useful results. Based on the teachings of Ackoff (and others, e.g. Deming and Drucker) I think the distinction is important.

    I agree. But if you're going to criticize someone's use of a word because it doesn't meet a non-standard definition someone made up, it's best to lay out the definition you're using at the time.

     

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    Ken, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:00pm

    Dodd

    Anyone remember that he retired rather than get beaten for re-election?

     

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    She, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 3:15pm

    Corrupt Politicians

    A crook's 'socialism' are prisons. Let us show the corrupt politicians how equality feels and send them to prison.

     

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    abc gum, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 6:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    "in the last few days after the sheer amount of protests and negative publicity SOA and PIPA have received Obama has changed his stance ever so slightly"

    I saw no time frame referred to in your original post.



    "Obama will probably back-peddle"

    This is what politicians do.



    "... but if you're locked shut on this nothing is going to change your mind so why bother? Go ahead and trust Obama to do what's best for us: he won't - and no, I don't care what he's saying at the moment, it makes no difference."

    I find it humorous when people project their own traits upon others. btw ... nice rant.

     

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    Zutronic, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:00pm

    Publicly Threatens Politicians Who Aren't Corrupt Enough To Stay Bought

    It also demonstrates that politicians and lobbyists like Dodd believe the public is completely stupid; yes they think we are stupid and they're throwing it in our face by doing what Dodd just did?

    How? It is SOOOOOOOOOOOO ILLEGAL to purchase laws, to trade campaign contributions for specific legislation. What he did was just the largest and most publicly made confession! So WTF?

    This is one of the biggest problems with our government today! The feds haven't just gone to grab him for this?? Is it because he is on the purse-strings to politicians? Was the MegaUpload bust ordered by these same currently-in-office politicians to smooth him over since SOPA was clearly not wanted by the constituency?

    Clearly he is breaking the law and flaunting it on national TV. Was the constitution secretly re-written so this crap is now legal??? Hasn't this gotten way too far out of control?

    WHERE IS HONESTY AND COMPETENCE IN OUR GOVERNMENT??

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:52pm

    Re: Re: What is the problem?

    They rock!

     

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    Jeff (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 7:55pm

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    as of this writing - it has passed 25k

     

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    Marah Marie (profile), Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 8:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: They get it - but they can't afford to act like they do. Make it stop!

    I saw no time frame referred to in your original post.

    I can't give you one. It was sometime within the last week; I'm a bit behind on offline reading, so the article I saw ran within the last week and a half or so at most. And I'd make more effort to find it online to link to but like I said, why bother.

    I find it humorous when people project their own traits upon others.

    Well, I didn't mean to project that way but I did, so you're right. I should have caught that before posting.

    If I'm locked shut it's simply because I don't trust Obama with anything anymore. Too many times he backs down, bends over, and otherwise infuriates people with bill after bill that he either doesn't stand up to enough or else pushes through himself when the bills in question are not in any normal human being's best interests. So yeah, I'm getting a little hard-headed about him since my disgust is reaching epic levels lately.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:02pm

    Im sorry, but most of the off handed comments about Dodd are a joke. EVERY single person, group, etc. that works in politics threatens with the same threat....hear us and do what we want or you will be voted out of office.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2012 @ 9:03pm

    Im sorry, but most of the off handed comments about Dodd are a joke. EVERY single person, group, etc. that works in politics threatens with the same threat....hear us and do what we want or you will be voted out of office.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 7:54am

    Re: Re: Re: What is the problem?

    I've nicknamed the drummer "TnT."

    He is a friends son and he plays almost all day everyday.

    He is explosive on the drums and a blur to watch.

    I'll be sure to tell them, if not show them, your comment.

    Knowing them as I do, I feel confident in issuing a big THANK-YOU on their behalf.

     

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    btrussell (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 8:26am

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    I doubt dudds one vote will be the tipping of the scales.

    Millions in bribe money is a different story.

     

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    Splive, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 12:43pm

    Financial Analysis

    I would be really interested in seeing numbers on money spent in lobbying compared to the supposed money lost on piracy. And how those numbers compare to an ACTUAL amount lost on piracy (out of 100 movies downloaded, not all 100 represent lost sales in theaters or dvd's)

    I would probably pay twice as much for netflix each month (or more?) if a larger library of movies was available from major studies on demand. I have not purchased a DVD since the LotR collectors edition. I see maybe 2-6 movies in theatres each year. I watch 5-10 hours of netflix a week most weeks. I am not a completely unusual user in the 25-35 year old male demographic. Seems like a lot of lost opportunity...

     

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    Matr, Jan 24th, 2012 @ 4:23pm

    Re: Thats not for the net bests interests

    Representatives in the net?? Thats a step back, internet should be a real and direct democracy always. Ill prefer anarchy over the internet than a representative that could be bought as US politicians are...

     

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    LC (profile), Jan 24th, 2012 @ 10:35pm

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    Anonymus American,

    Lets take a closer look shall we?

    Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.


    The MAFIAA gives money (an item of value) to politicians (a person in charge of a legal duty) in order to get them to vote in favor of SOPA/PIPA (influencing their actions).

    Normally this sort of thing isn't easy to prove, but this is as good as a confession to it. Upon discovering that many of the politicians (a person in charge of a legal duty) did not vote in favor of his legislation (he attempted to influence their actions but failed) he threatens to stop giving any politician whom won't back his legislation campaign funds (the item of value).

    He is guilty of and should be charged with at least bribery, if not bribery, blackmail and threatening Congress. But given his position and power, to think he'll be investigated by the FBI/SS, let alone arrested or charged, is absurd.

     

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    SanguineAngel, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 7:50am

    The literally man lives in a total fantasy world where he thinks he is in the right.

     

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    OOPArt, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 11:12am

    Re: political online reps

    It seems to me that the internet far out reaches the concept of countries - invisible lines in the soil if anything. For me the concept of the net is to provide a medium which supersedes the political and social restraints of any one particular place or organisation allowing true expression to take place in a manageable fashion, which can be used by anyone who chooses to take part - I live in a so called democracy, although its actually a dictatorship with a choice of three different puppets, none of whom are suitable for the job in any way, shape or form. It stands to reason that anyone who believes they have the ability to govern or rule over people is a megalomaniac, and therefore should not be suitable for the job. I cant choose not to be part of the political system here, even if I find a better way to live my life and so I feel like an outsider to the system and dwell on the fringes of so called society - the internet is a place where I generally find the things I need and they come from every corner of the world, as regardless of the geographic location or any political or social trends or policies in that region it makes no real difference as it all comes from the same screen.

    Since I began using the internet I have seen a marked reduction in the number of racist comments or racially motivated trolling etc. that I see online, while out on the city streets there is a marked rise in racially motivated and generally violent crimes (stabbings in particular).

    I wonder if it would actually be possible to appoint a single person or organisation to represent the e-views of the populous, given the hyper-complex and personal nature of individual internet use per person? Every single person I know uses the net in a different way!

    Would love to know other peoples opinions on this, feel free to reply!

    OOPArt

     

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    Tommy Ames, Jan 27th, 2012 @ 12:15pm

    Chris dodd fox news

    I am watching and waiting for the petition to investigate Chris Dodd now at the Whitehouse. If a investigation does not happen ? I and I hope many others raise hell.

    The whole idea of government officials taking these bribes and the people that bribe them is so wrong it threatens the stability of the USA and how and when Laws are made.

    I for one am tired of hearing from government that "we are a country of laws" But nothing ever happens on issues like Mortgage fraud, Fast and Furious gun running and now bribery of some of our highest officials.

    It seems the corruption has reached the highest level in government with Obama as the boss of DOJ and the head law enforcement in the whole country Eric Holder. Obama should step in and take whatever action that brings Justice BUT Obama does nothing.

    So now the quote of "We are a country of laws" is becoming a sick joke through out America.

    I hope "we the people" will raise up like we did protesting the SOPA bill and let the world know we practic what we preach.

    God bless America
    We need his blessing like never before.

     

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    david vaughan, Apr 18th, 2012 @ 12:58am

    the MPAA and RIAA had no problems with audio and video tapes....was it because the digital versions are being shared much faster then the cassettes ? no its actually because people now have a voice of which movies and albums they want and or buy, instead of being force fed bullshit.....I only buy albums from bands i want to hear now after i download it to check it out, instead of when you had to go to the record store, buy an album and hope the rest of the album besides the one song on the radio was any good......or go try watching a movie the day it comes out because the trailer gave you nothing of any insight.that's what they don't like is the fact that the money they are actually losing is the suckers now have a way to try before they buy....i will keep sharing my e-casettes, and the money grubbing bastards can suck it.

    and no, its not illegal if i make a copy and let my friend in new zealand borrow it indeffinately.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Apr 18th, 2012 @ 1:27am

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    "the MPAA and RIAA had no problems with audio and video tapes"

    Erm... no. Learn a bit of history. they've always had problems with new technology, and have always been wrong:

    "I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone." (Jack Valenti, Head of MPAA, 1982)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_Corp._of_America_v._Universal_City_Studios,_Inc.

    http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Taping_Is_Killing_Music

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Home_Reco rding_Act

     

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    nasch (profile), Apr 19th, 2012 @ 9:21pm

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    and no, its not illegal if i make a copy and let my friend in new zealand borrow it indeffinately.

    I think you're mistaken. That's both copying and distributing, both of which are exclusive rights under the copyright statute. I doubt you could make a case that that use is fair use.

     

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    david vaughan, Apr 20th, 2012 @ 4:24am

    you do realize these pricks would charge you for having people over and showing your friends a movie if they could right ? because that's technically broadcasting too

     

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    Rais Zada, Apr 20th, 2012 @ 4:50pm

    Earn money online

    Yes i also think you are mistaken,

     

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    Your post is so amazing & Perfect! We supply vet medicine. Look forward to your return visit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 30th, 2012 @ 1:37pm

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