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
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    Paddy Duke (profile), 17 Mar 2011 @ 5:16am

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

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

    If you sell a popular service, and I start offering a much cheaper competing service of equal or better quality, I have fundamentally changed the market for your service. I have directly affected your ability to sell your service at its current price by creating competition.

    Have I infringed on your rights in this case? Are my customers criminals because they didnít buy your service? Of course not. You are still free to try and sell your service at any price you want. You can even make use of any efficiencies my entrance to the market may have created or highlighted. If you fail to compete, thatís your fault, not mine or my customersí.

    This is effectively what happened with electronic file sharing. The old media method was slow and expensive. The new method is fast and cheap. No prizes for guessing which option the consumers prefer.

    Itís competition, not theft.

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