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 @ 2:59pm


    I don't pay for water or air am I stilling anything?
    If I go to Walmart and "steal" the idea from something and make my own with my own resources and undermines their sales producing and distributitng that same thing am I stealing anything?

    Not in my mind, further how people can sleep at night claiming sharing anything is a crime?

    The real problem is that imaginary property is not real property and it has no way of being defended in the same way, why do people create this absurd abstract constructs and try to enforce it? People did it before in the middle ages it got so absurd that many revolts started and many many noblemen and clergy got hanged, beheaded, this is not a concept that will endure, and it cannot endure, it harms progress, innovation and society.

    Anyone who says I can't share anything with somebody for me is a crazy person. These laws are laws that I don't mind breaking although I find myself in the comfortable position that I don't need to, but if I ever need it you can bet I will not blink an eye to bypass any such nonsense, law or no law I don't care, copywrong is evil.

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