MPAA head still hoping for some agreement on SOPA

Christopher Dodd, the current head of the Motion Picture Association of America, famously denounced the mass blackout plans of thousands of web sites last January a day before they happened to protest the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US Congress. The former US Senator said at the time that it was "yet another gimmick." He had to eat his words a few days later. The blackout caused a number of people in Congress to switch their positions on SOPA and PIPA and finally the voting on both bills were delayed indefinitely.

However, Dodd seems to believe that there can be some kind of understanding on a bill such as SOPA, which its supporters claim is out to stop online piracy. Its opponents believe the bill was too broadly worded and could be used to shut down any site for the slimmest of reasons.

In a new interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Dodd says that he wishes Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, were alive today, saying, "At least he understood the connection between content and technology." He added that he hopes that there are others like Jobs " ... who are smart and highly respected in both communities. Between now and sometime next year [after the presidential election], the two industries need to come to an understanding."

When asked if any talks are happening right now between the tech and entertainment industries over SOPA, Dodd replied, "I'm confident that's the case, but I'm not going to go into more detail because obviously if I do, it becomes counterproductive."

He was also asked about President Barack Obama's switch from supporting to opposing SOPA but Dodd declined to comment, saying, "I'm not going to revisit the events of last winter. I'll only say to you that I'm confident he's using his good relationships in both communities to do exactly what you and I have been talking about."

Dodd also talked about the shut down of the MegaUpload file sharing site which happened just as the SOPA bill was put on hold. Dodd agreed that the timing of the events " ... seemed a little too coincidental." He also said that a woman from the Justice Department told Dodd the reason why the move against MegaUpload was made on that day. Apparently it was picked because it was a big day for MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom. Dodd claims the woman told him, "Oh, we've known about the date for the last year because it was his birthday. It was a big party, and we knew all the assets would be there."

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Congress as a whole and politicians like Dodd who are so blatantly bought and paid for will be around as long as the American people continue to simply not take real action.

These people make the laws, do you really think they're going to do anything that threatens their power and lifestyle? The same people that believe insider trading is a congressional right and look at you with disgust that anyone dare question them? Do you really think they actually care at all about what's fair or right for the "little people"?

The only semblance of checks and balances are how the left and right continually have their little power struggles, and while they're mostly just theater, it shows you how outing anyone with the myriad of dirt available on all of them is used when someone doesn't play ball. They are dirty before they arrive or marginalized if they're one of the very few honest ones.

In other words, this will eventually get through and built upon and you'll wake up one day in the near future and log on to an internet that is controlled, censored and monitored all in the name of "safety", "piracy" or "the children". Sign your little petitions, vote for whomever, complain all you want, see where it gets you in the end.

When will the old folk in power be replaced by younger, more knowledgeable and tech savvy people?

Hopefully before the government does some really stupid shyte.

DAOWAce said,
When will the old folk in power be replaced by younger, more knowledgeable and tech savvy people?

When the old, current folk die or retire, and new appliees aren't required to have 'senior experiance' (which means age 45+ or so)

DAOWAce said,
When will the old folk in power be replaced by younger, more knowledgeable and tech savvy people?

Hopefully before the government does some really stupid shyte.


We younger folks will become like them once we age up. So in other words, NEVER.

DAOWAce said,
When will the old folk in power be replaced by younger, more knowledgeable and tech savvy people?

Hopefully before the government does some really stupid shyte.

Like any good paying job... they either have to die or retire as people get settled and won't move and retirement is unlikely for many as they just keep working cause they are bored or the retirement age is too high so younger people can't find these good paying jobs unless you know someone not about skills.

DAOWAce said,
When will the old folk in power be replaced by younger, more knowledgeable and tech savvy people?

Hopefully before the government does some really stupid shyte.

I'm down on voting for term limits for congress just like the president. Also for the supreme court. So that no one is above the law.

Sounds to me like Dodd is trying to cash in on Steve Jobs positive image and implying that Jobs would've somehow helped Dodd's efforts.

He hopes there are other smart and respected people out there? I guess he thinks everybody is pretty much dumb. Too bad all of those smart people apparently disagree with SOPA and PIPA which is part of the reason it didn't go through the first time.

Tim Dawg said,
Sounds to me like Dodd is trying to cash in on Steve Jobs positive image and implying that Jobs would've somehow helped Dodd's efforts.

He hopes there are other smart and respected people out there? I guess he thinks everybody is pretty much dumb. Too bad all of those smart people apparently disagree with SOPA and PIPA which is part of the reason it didn't go through the first time.

Exactly

He name dropped Jobs, yet Gates is still alive. If you are going for the heavy weight names, why not use both? Because Jobs would actually rebuke him for using him as for his own agenda.

As it is, he is exploiting a recently passed away man.

Eddo89 said,

Exactly

He name dropped Jobs, yet Gates is still alive. If you are going for the heavy weight names, why not use both? Because Jobs would actually rebuke him for using him as for his own agenda.

As it is, he is exploiting a recently passed away man.


This.
It's pretty disgusting what that man does there.

GS:mac