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 @ 5:15pm

    Re:

    Quote:
    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"?


    That is funny, because that is exactly what Japanese people do and you will be hard pressed to find a clerk that will enforce any law on them.

    The most educated and respectful people on earth don't care about copyrights apparently as they promptly take their cellphones cameras and take pictures of books, magazines and the like, also it is a custom to get inside a store and open the magazines and read it right there and don't buy it and no one changed that behavior as of yet.

    So what I see is some dude trying to create a new set of mores and trying to impose those to others.

    I know only one thing, if you or any other person depends on me following those mores you are screwed.

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