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MPAA head speaks about Steve Jobs, SOPA replacement

updated 08:15 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012

Industries "need to come to an understanding"

Motion Picture Association of America chief executive Christopher Dodd is reportedly maintaining hope that the trade organization will be able to successfully promote a replacement to the SOPA legislation, which was effectively shot down amid resistance from tech companies. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the former senator also suggested that Steve Jobs would side with the MPAA in its fight against piracy.

"I regret that Steve Jobs isn't around today," Dodd said. "At least he understood the connection between content and technology."

The executive further suggests that support from a small group of industry leaders, including former eBay executive and Participant Media founder Jeff Skoll, may help the Internet and content industries "come to an understanding."

As lawmakers were considering SOPA, the MPAA claimed that it had not initially faced any serious opposition from within the government. Separate reports suggest the organization failed to communicate with players in the technology industry, some of which eventually protested the legislation before President Obama threatened to veto as support behind the legislation quickly crumbled.

In the recent interview, Dodd declined to disclose any specifics regarding the closed-door negotiations to replace SOPA. Insiders have claimed the MPAA may be making "incremental" progress toward compromise, though Dodd previously admitted that it was involved in a fight on a platform that the MPAA is "not at this point comfortable with."

by MacNN Staff



  1. SierraDragon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A Slug

    Calling Chris Dodd a lying slug would be an insult to slugs. He epitomizes the pay-for-influence politics that is disabling our political system.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a tool

    It was Steve Jobs who showed the music industry how to fight piracy-- make stuff easy to buy, don't load it down with insane restrictions, and make it cheap.

    Strangely, passing vaguely-worded laws that will be ripe for abuse by greedy corporations didn't have anything to do do with it.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This guy (and others) are real jerks. It is so easy for them to put words into Job's mouth now that he cannot disagree.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: What a tool

    It was Steve Jobs who showed the music industry how to fight piracy-- make stuff easy to buy, don't load it down with insane restrictions, and make it cheap.

    And yet he never once tried to publicly push the video industry in that direction. Wonder why?

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