Wil Wheaton Says Chris Dodd Is Lying About Lost Jobs; Says MPAA Accounting Creates More Losses Than Piracy

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We've discussed a few times in the past about how actor Wil Wheaton seems to understand that piracy isn't an enforcement issue, but a business model/service issue. He's also been somewhat vocal (since before many others caught on) concerning his opinion that SOPA/PIPA are a bad idea. And now he's responded to our story about Chris Dodd threatening politicians that the MPAA has financially backed if they don't pass PIPA/SOPA, by not only calling Dodd completely tone-deaf, but also noting that Dodd is lying about lost jobs:
I have lost more money to creative accounting, and American workers have lost more jobs to runaway production, than anything associated with what the MPAA calls piracy. Chris Dodd is lying about piracy costing us jobs. Hollywood’s refusal to adapt to changing times is what’s costing the studios money. That’s it.
Indeed, we've explained how highly questionable Hollywood accounting is used to keep actors from getting paid, even on some of the most successful movies ever. And, Wheaton is absolutely right. As we've been saying for the better part of a decade, the best way to deal with "piracy" is to properly compete with it. But Dodd and the MPAA still just don't get that. Actually innovating and competing in the market just isn't how things are done in Washington DC, I guess.

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    threenorns, 24 Jan 2012 @ 8:51pm


    here's an example: me. where i live, it's over an hour's drive to the nearest cinema that's open year-round. betw may 2-4 and labour day, i could go to the cinema in the next town over.

    when i lived in toronto, i didn't get pirated disks, nor did i download - with DVD prices coming down to reasonable and including all kinds of cool extras, it wasn't worth getting second-rate copies with russian subtitles or copies that featured the guy in front going out for a smoke every 5min.

    i live in a small town and there's not a lot of ppl here - but there are an *awful* lot of small towns with not a lot of ppl in them with not a lot to do of a saturday and i think if they tallied them all up, they might find that it would be worth it to make new releases more accessible to us instead of acting like jackasses.

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