Jimmy Wales Says MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd Should Be Fired

Jimmy Wales is currently not a fan of the MPAA. The MPAA and RIAA are the two organizations that especially pushed for SOPA and PIPA, which was proposed legislation for censoring the Internet. At the DLD conference in Munich, Jimmy Wales is going as far as saying that MPAA chairman Chris Dodd should be fired as reported by VentureBeat.

“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,” stated Dodd in recent interview with 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.”

Wales said that this makes the MPAA sound like a corrupt and Congress-buying organization. Dodd also had harsh words for Wikipedia by saying that it was an abuse of power when they blacked out on January 18th to protest SOPA. Wales said that it was successful because 10 million people contacted Congress. Wales said “That’s not an abuse of power, that’s democracy.”

He added “[Dodd] had best get used to it.”

Wales strongly opposes digital piracy, but he believes that Hollywood should talk to Silicon Valley with a little more humility rather than approaching with a Draconian regime.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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