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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2011 @ 1:51pm

    Our legal systems have no other way to describe it. You obtain something that is for sale without paying for it, you have had to steal it, even if you are only stealing a copy.

    Let's take it further. If you went into your local bestbuy, and started ripping DVDs onto your laptop, and then left with those ripped movies on your machine, do you not think you have stolen something? You came in with a laptop, and left with a laptop full of movies. Did you not obtain "something for nothing"?

    You can tapdance on the head of a pin, but in the end, you have something that you didn't pay for, don't have the rights for, and obtained without permission. That pretty much all adds up to theft.

    Remember, when you "buy" a DVD, you aren't buying just the shiny plastic disc, but you are also buying "rights". Even if you replicate the contents of the disc, you still have not purchased the rights. Thus, you have stolen something.

    I know, you guys will kick it around and around and say it isn't theft, nothing was stolen, blah blah... it's all self-justification at it's finest.

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