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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    Chris Rhodes (profile), 16 Mar 2011 @ 2:36pm

    Re:

    As the only thing the movie/music industries need to "adapt" to is people taking their product without paying, they are adapting to the situation perfectly: they are insisting law enforcement enforce the law.

    That's not adapting, that trying to enforce the unenforcable status quo, and it won't work.

    You love piracy, so you don't like what they're doing

    Even if you don't like illegal copying, there are reasons to be worried about the means being used to combat i. Much like "terrorism" has become the go-to phrase that magically allows the government broad leeway in any unconstitutional scheme they can dream up, the phrase "intellectual property" is rapidly becoming similar. And just like powers granted to the government to "fight terrorism" can be used in an insidious manner for other purposes once that door is opened, so to will the powers we grant them to "fight infringement".

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