Wanted: The Truck Driver Who Lost His Job Due To File Sharing
from the we're-waiting... dept
Capitol File Magazine has a bit of a puff piece on the MPAA’s Chris Dodd one year into his job at the lobbying organization (a job he took just months after promising he’d never work as a lobbyist). The piece isn’t really that enlightening, other than an admission from Dodd that he didn’t know anything about the movie business before he took the job. He probably should admit that he still knows nothing about the internet either, which is a pretty bad place to be if part of your job is trying to guide the movie industry into the future. In fact, the writeup notes that Dodd’s one skill is his ability to push legislation through — and then doesn’t mention how he completely flopped on that front with SOPA/PIPA.
However, what the article does do is highlight Dodd’s new talking points about how he’s really protecting blue collar jobs, not Hollywood studio execs and movie stars:
“The first year has been a little chaotic,” says Dodd. “There’s been a steep learning curve. I bought into the notion that this was a redcarpet, Oscar-night kind of business. Over 2.2 million Americans are employed by the industry. Most of them are in blue-collar jobs, involving the people who drive the trucks and set up the lights. I didn’t know that when I started.”
It’s not just the names on the marquee, but the rank-and-file workers who are impacted by intellectual property infringements, says Dodd. “People think nothing of stealing from Charlie Sheen,” he explains, “but they might care if they realized they were stealing from someone who drives a truck.”
Yup. It’s all about the truck drivers. Of course, the 2.2 million number is wrong. The Congressional Research Service says that number is less than 400,000. And, when we dug into the actual numbers, it shows that jobs in actual movie making are on the increase. The only real decrease seen in movie jobs has been in the number of people employed by theaters. But that’s got nothing to do with piracy at all, since theater revenue has been going up and up and up (with a slight dip just last year). The job losses there have been about consolidation in theaters and the rise of giant multiplexes that employ very few humans.
That said, since Dodd mentions that poor, poor truck driver twice, I’m curious of a couple things. Which truck drivers get a cut of movie royalties? I’d like to know. Second, can anyone find me the truck driver who lost his job because of file sharing? I’d like to find that guy.