MPAA Shuffles The Deck Chairs

from the same-faces,-same-disastrous-policies dept

Just a month or so after the RIAA reshuffled management, and promoted the folks who had driven the recording industry off a cliff to give them even more power, it looks like the MPAA is doing the same. Chris Dodd, who waited mere weeks before breaking his promise not to become a lobbyist after leaving the Senate and joining the MPAA (welcome to Hollywood, where giving your word on something is entirely meaningless), has lined up his new leadership team... and it's more of the same. The same people making the same bad decisions, taking the MPAA down the same disastrous road as the RIAA before it.

The key player here is Michael O'Leary, who was already a VP, but will take on an expanded role. You may recall O'Leary from his laughable attempt to pretend that censoring the internet via PROTECT IP is part of the American way.

What's really sad is that if either of these organizations actually brought in folks with a tiny bit of insight into where the opportunities are actually happening in their world today, we might actually see some progress, rather than the tactic of pretending that you can break the internet to save the business models of a few legacy companies who don't want to bother innovating. I have to admit that I have trouble understanding the minds of people who seek to hold back progress and prop up dead business models, but apparently it pays well for the time being.


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    Michael Long (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:42pm

    "I have to admit that I have trouble understanding the minds of people who seek to hold back progress and prop up dead business models, but apparently it pays well for the time being."

    For some people it's simple. They believe and promote what they're getting paid to believe and promote. Next week it could well be something else.

    Dodd was, after all, a politician...

     

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    Shane C (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:48pm

    Where's all that water coming from?

    MPAA Shuffles The Deck Chairs


    Just like Facebook changing the layout...again?

     

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    sehlat (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 11:05pm

    In re Chris Dodd

    You expected truth from a politician. What next, expect charity from bankers?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 12:55am

    promoted the folks who had driven the recording industry off a cliff to give them even more power


    hopefully they'll keep it up and promote themselves into the grave... or the MAFIAA's grave, whichever comes first

     

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    DOlz (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 1:12am

    Short term thinking

    "I have to admit that I have trouble understanding the minds of people who seek to hold back progress and prop up dead business models, but apparently it pays well for the time being."

    It's the same mentality of a strip miner. I make lots of money, so what if someone else has to live with the consequences.

    Or commercial fishermen objecting to reducing their harvest to keep the species from collapsing because it will hurt their livelihood. Of course instead of a little pain now and long term benefits, they would rather maintain things as they are now and have nothing in the future, cause you know that's the future.

     

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    Prisoner 201, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 1:23am

    Re: Short term thinking

    Marge: You know, some day these kids will be out of the house, and you'll regret not spending more time with them.

    Homer: That's a problem for future Homer. Man, I don't envy that guy.

    (Homer empties a bottle of vodka into a jar of mayonnaise, chugs it, and passes out)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:03am

    "What's really sad is that if either of these organizations actually brought in folks with a tiny bit of insight into where the opportunities are actually happening in their world today, we might actually see some progress,"

    In other words, if they stopped fighting piracy and just gave up, things would be better because I say so.

    Nice.

     

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    abc gum, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:41am

    "the tactic of pretending that you can break the internet to save the business models of a few legacy companies "

    It is entirely possible that breaking the internet is their main objective here, whining about lost sales is simply the excuse.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:50am

    Re:

    Nice.

    In other words, I'm a complete moron and I don't read so good.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 5:32am

    Re:

    Please don't ever stop fighting piracy, I love comedy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 5:36am

    You should of wrote Toilet Seats instead of Deck Chairs.This is bad journalism.You should correct your mistake.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 6:09am

    Trying to find out which company will offer you the best home mortgage loan quote can be time consuming. However, the internet has made it much easier. It is now possible to compare all of the different ones that you can find so you can work out which is the best deal of you. After all, the lowest interest rates may seem like the best option but remember there are lots of different types of mortgages available.equity scam

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Sep 21st, 2011 @ 7:31am

    "rather than the tactic of pretending that you can break the internet to save the business models of a few legacy companies who don't want to bother innovating."

    The amusing thing is that this trend to force other to do their job is yearly going to cost ISP's, websites, the US government, and the people of the world, more than the motion picture industry and music industry make in a year.

     

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    iBelieve, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 9:33am

    Hostility--

    It meets every conscientious consumer in the face, whether we are buying software, hardware, Music or Movies with the same hostile warnings that are in fact an act of bad faith in and of themselves that initiate a bad taste for all consumers to consume, reguardless of the fact that we are paying customers. That is the crux of the biscuit. Thanks Frank.

     

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    iBelieve, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 9:57am

    Re: What's the difference

    whether there are lawyers, labels, recording companies or free loading consumers who are all trying to get rich off of some truly talented and gifted artists. Pay the artists their due, to hell with the rest of you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 21st, 2011 @ 4:52pm

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    Comedy Gold Jerry!

     

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