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Inauspicious Start For Chris Dodd At MPAA; Starts Off With 'Infringement No Different Than Theft' Claim

from the they-pay-you-$1.5-million-to-lie dept

No surprise, really, but former Senator Chris "I won't become a lobbyist" Dodd has begun his new tenure as a lobbyist for the MPAA on an inauspicious note -- by falsely claiming that infringement is no different than "looting."
"You know if you walk down main street people would arrest you if you walk into a retail store and stole items," Dodd said. "It's called looting in some cases. That's exactly what is happening with intellectual property. It's being looted and that needs to stop."
So, it looks like more of the same from the MPAA: more focusing on the wrong problem. More blaming everyone else for their own failures to adapt. More playing the victim. And, for that, they're "only" paying Dodd $1.5 million, an increase from the $1.2 million they paid predecessor Dan Glickman. The entire MPAA budget is about $100 million per year, and they spend almost none of that money on actually helping the industry adapt, but throw tons of money away lobbying for laws that won't help (and that trample the rights of others). Can't we just skip ahead to the inevitable failures and try something different?

Filed Under: chris dodd, lobbying
Companies: mpaa


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    Modplan (profile), 16 Mar 2011 @ 8:00pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The intangible aspect is how many more he can choose to make at his discretion, which will affect its scarcity, and thus its value. Either way, he has control.


    Price and value are 2 different things.

    If someone makes copies without his permission it fundamentally changes the value of the property, and thus the property itself.


    No it clearly doesn't. It may affect wider demand for new recreations of that item, but it does not change the original item at all. By the same token chair makers should get to exclude people in exactly the same way as copyright.

    Wrong. On the back of every CD/DVD are the terms of what you can and can not legally do with it.


    And people continue to do the things they're not supposed to en masse. Just because you have legal control does not mean you have effective control, without which the legal aspect becomes useless. See: prohibition

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prohibition#Prohibition_in_the_United_States

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