MPAA slams SOPA Wednesday protests

As a number of major web sites and even some online games plan to shut down operations for at least part of the day on Wednesday to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, their actions drawing some heavy criticism from Chris Todd, the current chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (and a former US Senator). He issued a statement today that called the protests mere "stunts," saying:

Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.

Web sites such as Reddit, Wikipedia, Minecraft.net and many others have pledged to shut down their sites on Wednesday. Another popular PC gaming news site, Rock Paper Shotgun, announced today their own plans to shut down their site on Wednesday. Other companies such as Google also plan to join the protest in some way but won't actually be shutting off their sites.

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Where do the MPAA get on saying "It is also an abuse of power...". They abuse their power all the time. SOPA being one instance of this.

Is he talking about the SOPA protests or the MPAA/RIAA's business practices? What he's said could easily apply to themselves based on the way they run their businesses.

the Motion Picture Association of America says piracy costs the U.S. economy $58 billion and 373,000 jobs annually.

Losing money because they are stuck in the Cold War era, before the tape deck, VHS and Beta Tape come out.

And losing jobs to outsourcing and automation of jobs, not due to piracy.

"rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging."

This right here is something people who oppose what SOPA is should pay attention to. The bill we call SOPA may go away, but as long as Google, Facebook, and all the other big names refuse to be a productive force in politics, we will just see the same bill with another name backed by the same lobbyists that back SOPA. By silencing yourself with a blackout, you are doing the exact opposite of what needs to be done in this situation. Am I the only one that thinks Google should put its money where its mouth is and lobby for us, not step out when the MPAA and RIAA is lobbying against us.

And before some troll comes along as says that we shouldn't use the same practices that lobbyists use because its corruption, what is your point? Corruption in politics is a completely different issue and as long as we have the means to fight fire with fire, we should. If you are not willing to do whatever it takes, then it is instantly questionable whether you are truly committed to being SOPA and bills like it down.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals.

listen Chris Todd, you rich and entitled arse-hat : $94 million were given to Senate members to buy their votes. This is corruption.

The people will fight you, sopastrike.com contains a MASSIVE list of protestors.

Your opinions is biased by your employer, you get bonuses for this. I would too do and say almost anything for a MASSIVE paycheck.

twist said,
if anyone knows about punishing it's users it's the mpaa...
And their sister organization, the RIAA. These two could write a detailed plan on how to insult and scare away legitimate customers.

I don't personally care for FaceBook, but they could be the way to defeat this thing. Imagine if FaceBook joined the blackout (unannounced) and replaced their front page with a warning that they were shutdown because a user posted a photo with some copyright behind it. Of course they would have to mimic the language expressed in the bill to ensure they are as close to a real world scenario as possible.

The fallout from a FaceBook shutdown would be epic. Aside from depressed kids who can't update their status every 32 seconds, businesses that leverage the site would be vocal and irrate.

Even if they joined the blackout for only a few hours, the impact would be devastating to this bill and highlight the gaps and vague language expressed in it.

I get the goal of SOPA, but in it's current form it reeks of bias and a huge middle finger to law abiding users. We all know the more nefarious among us will get what they want, when they want and how they want it no matter what.

zeke009 said,
I don't personally care for FaceBook, but they could be the way to defeat this thing. Imagine if FaceBook joined the blackout (unannounced) and replaced their front page with a warning that they were shutdown because a user posted a photo with some copyright behind it. Of course they would have to mimic the language expressed in the bill to ensure they are as close to a real world scenario as possible.

The fallout from a FaceBook shutdown would be epic. Aside from depressed kids who can't update their status every 32 seconds, businesses that leverage the site would be vocal and irrate.

Even if they joined the blackout for only a few hours, the impact would be devastating to this bill and highlight the gaps and vague language expressed in it.

I get the goal of SOPA, but in it's current form it reeks of bias and a huge middle finger to law abiding users. We all know the more nefarious among us will get what they want, when they want and how they want it no matter what.

I hope you're kidding, in the first part of your post, right?

Let me fix that last statement for you, Chris: "I make a **** ton of money more than you do. Millions, in fact. These so-called "protests" are designed in a way that punish me, and prevent me from making millions more, and threaten *my* American Job."

Edited by Dot Matrix, Jan 18 2012, 12:04am :

Dot Matrix said,
Let me fix that last statement for you, Chris: "I make a **** ton of money more than you do. Millions, in fact. These so-called "protests" are designed in a way that punish me, and prevent me from making millions more, and threaten *my* American Job."

that's pretty much the bottom line. lol

that's a perfect translation back to plain English when you filter through all of their BS.

Two insanely hypocritical statements:
"... some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging."

"... It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests."

He is just an arse. I mean, that we aren't allowed to hold protests, and whatever we want, but it's okay for him to create a propraganda bill, and screw over us Americans? Doesn't he understand that his bill is as dangerous as ever?

We Americans will not stand down, and peddle our arses to be turned into a crappy country like China and North Korea. MPAA and RIAA are taking stuff way too far. We shouldn't, and can't allow corporate white collar arseholes to create ridicious laws like SOPA, etc. If we allow them to do that, then we will allow them to create more obsured garbage, because they know we won't do anything.

While I do respect people's property, and what not, but this is taking crap to a whole new level. So screw you MPAA, and RIAA. So expect a fight, no, expect a war!

/- Razorfold said,
Hm his entire letter can be summed up in 3 words:

Wah wah wah

I dont think anyone looks at the MPAA's press releases with a grain of salt.

Beyond Godlike said,

I dont think anyone looks at the MPAA's press releases with a grain of salt.


How do you look at something with a grain of salt?

I think you have your metaphors mixed up my friend.

Dot Matrix said,

Where's ANON when you need them?

I dont support the childish actions of Anonymous but that is something I would love to see.

That statement would certainly be appealing to the Population of the Internet if only it wasn't nearly the unanimity of them who approve said blackout.

Screw him! I just finished my replacement front page to my site and will set it in motion at midnight!! DOWN WITH THIS CRAP!

"...who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals..."

What American jobs? No, seriously, what American jobs? There are no American jobs, buddy!

Dot Matrix said,
"...who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals..."

What American jobs? No, seriously, what American jobs? There are no American jobs, buddy!


*His* american job

"some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users" Funny thing is that most users probably support this action, so how exactly is it a punishment?

There's this saying which involves a pot and a kettle that comes to mind right now

And people are allowed to go on strike when they don't agree with something, well this is the internet going on strike against some laws the government wants to put in place

And the general public actually supports the companies taking their sites down for the day, just to make a point

Shadrack said,
Pot and kettle, you hit the nail on the head with that one! The odasity of this guy talking about corporate greed.

audacity * ?

Azusa said,
Is there anywhere with a list of sites that are shutting down?

Most likely not... I'm taking mine down with a replaced front page of info against SOPA..who knows how many will follow.

sava700 said,

Most likely not... I'm taking mine down with a replaced front page of info against SOPA..who knows how many will follow.

Know if facebook will be going offline if so got a postable source?

Azusa said,

Know if facebook will be going offline if so got a postable source?

They have a "Stop Censorshop" button over top their link the facebook.com on their pages. Its at the top left.

Azusa said,

Know if facebook will be going offline if so got a postable source?

Facebook will not and cannot shut down their website. Why? Because they are running business and if they did shut down their website, they are not servicing their customers, who basically are ads payer. It's the same with google. Even though google ads service are more of pay-by-click than pay-by-hours, but there could be a lot of complains if they are server is down.

But, wiki can. Because wiki has no obligation to whatsoever customer. It's a completely FREE service. And, that is why they are asking for donation only and why I donated them my hard earn money.