MPAA Chief Threatens Obama, Congress for SOPA Rejection
January 22, 2012 2:30 PM
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Ex-democrat threatens his former Senate colleague
"Don't take us for granted."
That was the message the former Democrat Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd sent his old Senate colleague -- and now President -- Barack Obama on Thursday in an exclusive Fox News
I. MPAA Threatens SOPA opposers
But Mr. Dodd, now CEO of the
Motion Picture Association of America
, didn't stop there. He went on to threaten his former Congressional colleagues -- both Republican and Democrat -- who together formed the
bipartisan resistance that sunk
"Stop Online Piracy Act"
) and Senate's "PROTECT IP Act" (PIPA) (
U.S. President Barack Obama [Image Source: SFGate]
He comments, "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. 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."
Despite seeing record profits, driven by a
35 percent rise
in Blu Ray movie sales Chris Dodd and the MPAA insist that the movie industry is in dire trouble due to piracy. He points to
being stolen 21 million times as one example of piracy's decimating blow to the movie industry. Of course he purposefully fails to note that
made almost $3B USD
at the box office worldwide.
He does his best to argue for Orwellian laws like SOPA, by trying to recharacterize the issue as a matter of little guys getting exploited, "You can complain and say, well, actors make a lot of money and they don't have to worry about this. You tell that to that camera guy, you tell that to that makeup artist, you tell that to that truck driver out there who made, makes a living because they work in this industry."
MPAA's corpulent CEO Chris Dodd
[Image Source: Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Newscom]
Chris Dodd ran against President Obama in 2008, but lost. Afterwards he turned to a new career in lobbying, quickly securing his high-paying job as MPAA chief.
II. Editorial Take: Bribery is the Staus Quo in D.C. Today
A CEO threatening the U.S. President and Congress is a pretty bold move, and it is indicative of the sordid web of bribery that Washington D.C. has found itself in. These days it's hard to get anything done at the federal level without a heavy lubricating layer of lobbyists bribes.
The big Hollywood CEO picks an inopportune time to attack President Obama, given that members of Hollywood's elite -- top actors and companies -- have already given him $4.1M USD -- more than the $3.7M USD they gave to his campaign in 2008. And the decision by the administration to
break its silence
side with tech firms
like Google Inc. (
) in opposing SOPA, is expected to draw more lobbyist bribes from these top tech firms.
The conflict between Google,
and the MPAA,
in lobbyist dollars is illustrative of the unseemingly current nature of federal politics. Today corporations and special interest groups essentially "own" pieces of the federal government.
These days it's hard to get anything done in D.C. without a bribe. [Image Source: i-Sight]
When their interests are independent or in line with each other they see their desired goals -- like millions in tax breaks -- easily passed, hidden as line item additions to bloated pieces of legislation. But when their interests run counter to each other, they're forced to wage a war of bribes.
At the same time the U.S. people and small business owners are largely left out of the process, while there relatively high tax burden is funneled towards companies that have "bribed the best" on the Hill. A
by the University of Kansas School of Business reveals that for ever $1 USD spent in lobbyist contributions, a corporation receives $222 USD in tax breaks. The bill for those tax breaks is inevitably passed to the usual suspect -- the American taxpayer.
NPR [$1 lobbyist = $222 tax breaks]
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Worried about the little guy?
1/23/2012 12:14:11 PM
"You can complain and say, well, actors make a lot of money and they don't have to worry about this. You tell that to that camera guy, you tell that to that makeup artist, you tell that to that truck driver out there who made, makes a living because they work in this industry."
No need to worry about that Mr. Dodd, that's why those people are unionized and the unions have their own lobbyists.
Those people do not see any percentage or additional perks from increased sales at the box office or from DVD/Blu-Ray sales. This is just him trying to personalize the situation for the 'little guy'. When, in essence, those people would be getting hosed by the studios if it weren't for the unions. While they be making a decent wage there are not many (if any) teamsters with yachts or multimillion dollar homes.
Say or think what you will about the unions but this is the very reason the various entertainment unions exist. The unions have to go pry their wage pittance from the studios on behalf of their members for their work as well. Otherwise all those people would be getting raped by the big media studios on a daily basis.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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