MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Says “Hollywood Is Pro-Technology And Pro-Internet”

MPAA chief Chris Dodd is not really one of the most beloved executives by advocates of an open Internet. Dodd heavily pushed for SOPA and PIPA and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales once said that Dodd should be fired. However MPAA chief Chris Dodd recently was quoted as saying “Hollywood is pro-technology and pro-Internet.”

However Dodd said that the battle against piracy isn’t over and he maintained that “a strong system of copyright protection for online content is critical to the continued success of the flourishing Internet marketplace.”

The MPAA and tech community were on opposing sides of SOPA and PIPA. Many high tech companies like Google opposed SOPA and PIPA. During the Atlanta Press Club on Wednesday, Dodd said that “nearly one-quarter of all global Internet traffic is copyright theft. And at the heart of the problem is the proliferation of parasitic foreign rogue sites whose sole purpose is to facilitate, and profit from, the theft of international property.”

“We are not talking about overzealous film buffs or political activists making a statement about freedom of information. We are talking about criminals,” added Dodd. Dodd then drew comparisons between the movie industry and Silicon Valley.

“We cannot draw up a business model that accounts for the wholesale theft of our product,” Dodd said. “It’s true for pharmacies. It’s true for the automobile industry. It’s true for software developers. And it’s true for us.”

“I firmly believe that our industry cannot survive without the innovations that come out of Silicon Valley every day — and I know that we must have a free and open Internet to keep those innovations coming. But it works both ways,” stated Dodd. He said “copyright legislation helped to create the Internet of today — not to mention providing companies like Apple with the incentive to — as they say — think different, and to think big.”

Dodd told the audience at the event that we must act to stop intellectual property online. He asked the audience members for their support too. “If you believe that freedom of speech does not imply, and the ability to innovate does not require, a license to steal, if you believe that the men and women who work hard to make films and TV shows deserve to be fairly compensated … I invite you to join this coalition and help us move towards a solution to this problem.”

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