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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    Dark Helmet (profile), 16 Mar 2011 @ 2:36pm

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    "Stealing a CD or DVD is stealing a copy also. They're copies manufactured on plastic."

    Yes, you ridiculously ignorant oddball, but it's not ONLY stealing the copy, but the physical product along w/it. That's why it's different. You've taken a copy AND something physical. Sheesh, talk about specious arguments.

    "By your logic, the only way real theft could occur would be if you stole the master tape of an album or master print of a movie so that no copies could ever be made again."

    Listen to yourself, please, and realize how your old-world thinking does not apply and the grand awesomeness of digital media. You basically said, "People make copies, but you steal the master copy (physcial thing, so you're already wrong again) and prevent people from making any more copies".

    Okay, here's all the things wrong with your statement. First, stealing a master, ostensibly recorded on something, means you're taking something physical. If you're only copying it, you can't prevent other copies (a la filesharing). Second, even if you somehow stole this master, any copies already made could be used to make OTHER copies to make sure the culture lives on. That's the sweet-motherfuckin'-titty-goodness of all this. You can't kill the culture through theft!

    "That's why everyone just rolls their eyes when you say "it's not theft, it's just a copy.""

    Those people you see rolling their eyes are doing so at someone else's arguments. Wanna guess who?

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