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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    jilocasin (profile), 17 Mar 2011 @ 9:18am

    There aren't EULA's for CD/DVD's .... yet.

    Actually there was a case not too long ago where the music industry tried to prohibit a person from reselling demo CD's on E-Bay (UMG vs. Augusto). The record companies were trying to make the same argument that you are, namely that they could change your rights by affixing a sticker to the CD.

    In that case since the sticker said you couldn't resell it, it was illegal for it to be resold. The court didn't buy it.

    The only terms that matter when it comes to what you can do with a CD/DVD is copyright law, tempered by the First Amendment. No matter what the producer of a CD would like you to do, it's perfectly legal to do all sorts of things;
    for example: shred it, shoot it, create abstract art with it, line your bird cage with it. You know things like the First_Sale_Doctrine.

    Even when it comes to copying, you are allowed to space shift (make an mp3 out of it), use it in a parody, transform it, etc. You know that Fair Use thing.

    So no, what you wrote is a self serving fiction.

    On the back of every CD/DVD are the terms of what the producer wants you to think you can and can not legally do with it. [there, I fixed it for you.]

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