January 19, 2012

I wanted to show you guys something.  It’s going to look strange because the real MPAA site (where I got this content) is pulling their blog in an IFRAME.  So… bear with  me.

Article is here: http://blog.mpaa.org/BlogOS/post/2012/01/17/Senator-Dodd-On-Troubling-Developments-of-Blackout-Day-.aspx

Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging.

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.

A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.

Chris Dodd (who is, in no way currently a senator, by the way) has the audacity to call out sites that blacked out today during the Anti-SOPA demonstrations.  He calls it an “abuse of power”, saying there’s a lot of “PR stunts” happening.

So, let me get this straight, not-so-senator Dodd:  A website doing whatever they please, hurting only their own bottom line and well-being, is a “PR stunt”… but giving yourselves the power to terminate someone else’s website’s access based on baseless accusations and assumed guilt… well that’s just fine.

Technology is advancing, and it is the entertainment industry that is being left in the dust.  Bands are sidestepping the traditional label to go solo or independent with fantastic results.  YouTube allows aspiring directors and movie producers to spread their words and message without the need for a traditional clearing house or publishing studio.  Whereas the record labels used to control what was popular, now it is the American people (how else could Nickelback have gotten so good, I mean, really [and yes, that is a joke]).

Google collected 4.5 million signatures today.  People are sick of corporations buying their congressmen, and the dissent is growing.

This next year will be an interesting one.  But for now, Internet, enjoy a small victory and keep posting those pictures of cats.   You earned it.

For tomorrow the revolution continues.

  • zekeweeks

    @studionashvegas Gotta love the irony of an MPAA blog employing rhetoric of corporations vs. the people! Great post. 🙂

  • daedaleus

    Well spoken sir! I referenced you in my own blog post on the issue.

  • alexpatindesign

    Nice post Mitch. I can’t say I agree with you more. I can’t believe how pathetic Dodd is to call the blackouts (whom not only do large corporations participated in, we all did!) “pr stunts”.

    I don’t think me blacking out MY website is a PR stunt. Nor do I think Wikipedia, or anyone else who participated in the blackout, was looking for PR. Obviously, they realize how ridiculous SOPA & PIPA are. We are agree that piracy is bad, and to an extent, damaging to the entertainment industry. However, what the MPAA and other organizations that support these bills fail to realize is how they can completely STIFLE growth on the internet and cripple small businesses.

    As @zekeweeks – very ironic indeed.

  • steamboat28

    I’m ashamed to say that I caught this post from @daedaleus ‘ link on the subject (because I should’ve seen it first myself…tsk, tsk, bad follower), but I had no idea that response existed.

    Former-Senator-who-is-not-currently-allowed-to-directly-lobby-Congress Dodd is engaging in the worst kind of brainwashing and propaganda. This “MPAA is protecting people” line is bull; the MPAA is protecting their failing business model.

    If you really want to stop piracy, do it the way others have: adapting to the new business model and giving better service than ever before. Things like Pandora, Steam, Hulu+, Netflix, Bandcamp, and others have done their part to lessen piracy by offering services that pirates are willing to pay for. Let me say that again: people are giving up free things to pay for those same things because the service is so much better. Did you get that? Amazing, isn’t it?

    And that’s not counting the hundreds of indy artists that are making more money giving things away than they would make selling them, because the buzz generated by free music spreads word-of-mouth style into packed houses at all their shows and t-shirt sales that are through the roof.

    And one more thing: the reason the MPAA got as close to getting away with this as they did is because so many content creators have no idea what their rights are. They’re just parroting what other people tell them about copyright, and infringement, and about how piracy costs them money. LEARN. YOUR. RIGHTS. and then stand up for them.