MPAA Asks White House to Stop SOPA Blackout

Former Senator and acting CEO of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), Chris Dodd, posted his feelings on the anti-Internet censorship online protest dubbed #SOPAblackout. In a statement of absurd hypocrisy, Dodd calls the actions of blackout participants “an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today” on the MPAA’s official blog. Dodd continues chucking a big ol’ rocks through his glass house claiming “the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.” Those dastardly corporate shills over at the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation!

The MPAA CEO sums up his post by calling the blackout “another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals.” Seriously? No mention of terrorists? Just “foreign criminals”? I’m disappointed, Mr. Dodd. At least he made it clear that we’ll all loose our jobs because Little Timmy downloaded the latest Transformers movie.

Finally, the former senator turned CEO of Hollywood’s lobbyist juggernaut calls upon his buddies in Washington to use their influence to stop the “PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.”

Can’t make this stuff up. If you haven’t already, check out Dodd’s post on the MPAA’s official blog.mpaa-2010-1

These are the sides, my friends. On one, Jimbo Wales of Wikipedia, a man whose best idea to generate the cash needed to keep the Internet’s public encyclopedia online is to post pictures of his team in a banner ad asking for handouts. Standing with him: A small army of broke-ass webmasters who want to see a future where everyone can publish their opinions without fear of censure because Sony or Disney didn’t like what they said.

On the other, a former senator turned CEO who spent $420,000 in the third quarter of 2011 buying political power to insure that Kindergarten Cop isn’t being watched by some guy in Sweden hunched over a laptop. And he is willing to give copyright holders carte blanche to slice off any part of the World Wide Web to ‘protect’ their business.mpaa breaks internet

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