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MPAA back scratching

2012-01-21 16:40:53.043144+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Former Senator Christopher Dodd turned MPAA CEO and lobbyist threatens to cut off campaign funds:

"Candidly, those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake," Dodd told Fox News. "Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake."

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-21 19:04:15.644326+00 by: m

Dodd has made the process even more clear than water white.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-21 20:29:21.94797+00 by: Mars Saxman

It's like he's not actually working for the MPAA at all, but is actually a mole planted by some campaign- finance-reform organization. His real job is to show just how corrupt the lobbying system is, to push it hard enough to get people really riled up, so that we can actually get some change made. Well done, sir, you are a true patriot.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-21 21:30:19.669278+00 by: TheSHAD0W


A great TED talk about IP regulation.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-22 21:30:00.21589+00 by: petronius

Bill Maher also defended SOPA on his show the other night, because he thinks illegal downloads killed the profits of his film Religulous.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-23 00:40:23.762963+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Yeah, I suppose when a movie is that bad, a couple dozen downloads makes a significant percentage difference. :-P

#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-23 15:34:17.16788+00 by: Dan Lyke

Shadow said more concisely the direction I was going: Atheists get a lot of opportunity for "LOL Xtians" experiences. One coming from an anti-vaxxer like Maher seems, at best, redundant.

But I think the bigger issue is: These enforcement mechanisms cost. People with moderate web presences all have a DMCA story. Add up all of those hours spent dealing with overzealous enforcers using scare tactics based on incomplete information and you've got a huge cost. At some point we, as a society, have to turn back to content creators and say "we can no longer protect your liquor store in the ghetto".

Artists need to be communicating with their fans, showing them that it's important that they provide support. If those fans won't do that, yeah, piracy is wrong, but stop rewarding them.