Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Body Blow to MPAA

LaTi has a great report on the hit taken by the Motion Picture Association of America in their attempt to  push SOPA and PIPA:

After a week in which their anti-piracy legislation got derailed by the full force of the Internet lobby, the mood in Hollywood was one of anger, frustration and a growing resignation that the entertainment industry will be forced to accept a much weaker law than originally envisioned.

A full-on counterattack by a tech industry opposed to the toughest elements in the congressional bills, including a well-publicized Wednesday shutdown by key Internet sites, halted the legislation.

With supporters defecting, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Friday postponed a key procedural vote. The lead sponsor of the companion bill in the House said he would redraft the proposed law in search of consensus.

The developments were a setback for former Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, who has made fighting online piracy his No. 1 priority since becoming head of the Motion Picture Assn. of America last March. The Connecticut Democrat was selected in part for his political savvy and 30-year experience in Congress.

Dodd said Friday that the industry would now seek a compromise version of the legislation. He acknowledged that Hollywood lost the public relations battle and blamed his Silicon Valley counterparts.

"You've got an opponent who has the capacity to reach millions of people with a click of a mouse and there's no fact-checker. They can say whatever they want," he said. "We need to engage in a far better education process. People need to know … that 98% of people who work in the entertainment industry make $55,000 a year. They're not moguls and they're not walking red carpets."
That message, however, has so far failed to resonate with the American public, which has shown more sympathy for the tech companies promoting the idea that the bills — the Protect Intellectual Property Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act — would hurt legitimate websites and stifle freedom of speech on the Web.
Keep in mind that Ron Paul has warned that MPAA and other promoters of SOPA and PIPA will be back, down the road, with new legislation. Dodd has signaled as much when he talks about "educating" the public, which really means heavy polling by MPAA to determine how to present this type legislation in a manner that the public will buy.

MPAA, though, is going to have quite an uphill battle with foes like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia.


  1. Does anyone know where we can find the original Co-sponsors of the bill?

    It's not enough to stop the legislation- The next step is to through out any legislator that thought they could pass such a bill. (I would like to see the same for anyone that voted for NDAA, but people just don't seem to care about that.) This would send a true message to our 'wise overlords'

  2. IP is unnatural. Thank god the IT revolution is killing it.

  3. May Hollywood break off and sink into the ocean. Good riddance!

  4. The Megaupload domain seizure came at a bad time for Chris Dodd. Obviously, the US Government has all these powers already (legally or not), and are just trying to "legitimize" their routine activities. Just like the NDAA for the Obama administration, and earlier, retroactive immunity for telecom companies, to protect W's activities. Of course, these are only two examples out of thousands!

  5. Never in the history of business has there been a more dysfunctional group than the MPAA. Screwing over your own customers is no way to run a business, son...

    Time to grow up and look at what will happen if you continue to try to protect your rice bowl by suing anything that moves or trying to pass regressive legislation instead of coming up with a better way to deliver your rice. Can you say: Polaroid? Kodak? Buggy whip??? Time to set the big egos aside and get busy - can't buy your way out of this mess.

    Deal with the hard truth that your customers are in control - not you. All we have to do is stop buying your movies, music, entertainment, and you are out of business. Think that can't happen?

    And will someone please tell Mr. Dodd to shut up and sit down!

  6. i wonder how steve jobs would have reacted to this.he had his finger in both pies(apple and pixar).considering,with itunes,he resuscitated the dying music industry,he would have been anti sopa.

  7. "If feds can bust Megaupload, why bother with anti-piracy bills?"