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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2011 @ 3:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    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.

    Nothing specious in the least. And there's nothing different about the two at all. You're just apparently unable to deal with logic.

    You seem to think theft can only occur with something physical, which is incorrect and ignorant of the law.

    You say it's stealing the copy and the physical product. But the product is the copy of music; the physical aspect, plastic, is only the medium.

    Just like that MP3 you swiped was a copy of music; and the 0s and 1s are only the medium.

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