MPAA Boss Chris Dodd Denies That Copyright Law Today Has Created Any Free Speech Issues
from the can-someone-please-educate-him? dept
MPAA boss Chris Dodd is apparently continuing his “how far can I stretch the truth” tour in support of SOPA/PIPA. His latest stop was an interview on Bloomberg TV. He talks about a bunch of things, blowing some hot air about how this debate is a “breakthrough.” But the part that interested me is around the 3:30 mark, where he insists that what SOPA allows we already do to American sites, and “no one has suggested freedom of speech has been hampered.”
That’s our key concern. It’s not some “hypothetical.” We have tons and tons of evidence of today’s laws being widely abused, so we’re quite reasonably freaked out about a law that has much, much broader implications, in that it doesn’t just take down specific content, but entire websites. And, when that happens, speech is definitely restrained, and legitimate companies get killed.
So when I hear Chris Dodd claim that “no one has suggested freedom of speech has been hampered” under today’s laws, I wonder if he’s simply completely ignorant of what’s happening… or if he’s just lying. Either answer looks bad for Dodd. But it does highlight the desperation of SOPA/PIPA supporters today that they’re resorting to such ridiculous claims…