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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has looked at tomorrow's "Internet blackout" in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—and it sees only a "gimmick," a "stunt," "hyperbole," "a dangerous and troubling development," an "irresponsible response," and an "abuse of power."
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
Did you know: Former Sen. Chris Dodd is the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, the film industry’s largest lobby, and he is mad that you are mad about SOPA. The revolving door between CONgress and lobbyist's offices seems to be working fine (for them.)
Former Senator Dodd says:
“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,” Dodd added. “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.”
No wonder SOPA is back on the table. The revolving door landed Dodd in the cushy driver's seat of the MPAA. Bet he's making serious bank now, and oh look, he's still trying to make laws too.
Sorry former Sen. Dodd, SOPA is the gimmick in this scenario and a dangerous one too. You think we are protesting SOPA to punish officials? No. Mr. Dodd, people and business are actually protesting because SOPA sucks. What is a gimmick is for the House to say SOPA is off the table and then 24 hours later say it's back on.
Facing a competitive reelection bid for his Senate seat in 2010 and trailing against both of his likely Republican challengers in public opinion polling, Dodd announced in January 2010 that he would not seek re-election for a sixth term in the Senate. Polls of Connecticut voters in 2008 and 2009 had consistently suggested Dodd would have difficulty winning re-election, with 46% viewing his job performance as fair or poor and a majority stating they would vote to replace Dodd in the 2010 election. ] Dodd was succeeded by Richard Blumenthal. On March 1, 2011, the Motion Picture Association of America announced that Dodd will head that organization. 
Wikipedia link - sign their petition against SOPA/PIPA on your way through
Send PIPA packing.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has called a hearing that will bring more voices from the technology industry to Washington, D.C. to discuss how legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would affect the Internet. On Jan. 18, industry representatives that include Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures; Lanham Napier, the CEO of Rackspace Hosting; and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.com, will testify before Congress.
Armchair activists now have a tool that can transport their SOPA protestations into the real world: Boycott SOPA, an Android app that scans barcodes and tells you whether an object’s manufacturer/publisher is a supporter of the much maligned Stop Online Piracy Act.
If you’ve ever scanned a barcode on your Android phone to look up a book or CD on Amazon, Boycott SOPA works in exactly the same way: First you have to install the ZXing Barcode Scanner app, but then you simply go around pointing your phone’s camera at product barcodes. Boycott SOPA gives you a big red cross if the product is distributed by a SOPA supporter, or a green tick if it’s “clean.” Much to my chagrin, Coca-Cola supports SOPA — but Smirnoff, on the other hand, does not. If you ever needed a sign from Above that you ought to drink more, there it is.
Originally posted by boncho
reply to post by FSBlueApocalypse
I imagine... releasing your consumer goods on restricted marketplaces, all the while being able to prosecute anyone who doesn't oblige to follow your intended distribution, would be an abuse of power.
Most people don't mind paying for media, they just want fair access to it and fair cost.
The MPAA is nothing but and abuse of power.
In what appears to be the latest phase of a far-reaching federal crackdown on online piracy of music and movies, the Web addresses of a number of sites that facilitate illegal file-sharing were seized this week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
By Friday morning, visiting the addresses of a handful of sites that either hosted unauthorized copies of films and music or allowed users to search for them elsewhere on the Internet produced a notice that said, in part: “This domain name has been seized by ICE — Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.”
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
reply to post by xuenchen
Because under SOPA and PIPA, the video I just posted could get ATS, YouTube, Raw Story and likely Google and others shut down with one complaint from anyone.
They want to control user-generated sites, for one. They don't like not controlling the economy on the net with their old-school strategies.