Monday, April 09, 2012

MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd wants to resurrect SOPA, confirms secret negotiations

Many people thought that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was going to be dead for good after it was protested by millions of Internet users and some of the Web’s largest entities like Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and more.

Unfortunately, Chris Dodd, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and formerly a long-time Senator and Congressman, wants to bring it back and once again threaten everything that the Internet was built upon.

When asked if there were negotiations currently going on surrounding a revival of SOPA, Dodd said that he was “confident that’s the case.”

However, he wants to keep this out of the public eye and away from the scrutiny it deserves. “I’m not going to go into more detail because, obviously, if I do, it becomes counterproductive,” Dodd said.

While this isn’t a current legislator standing up and demanding that it be brought back on the floor, Dodd is the head of one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful lobbyist groups while also being a man with major connections on Capitol Hill.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dodd says that the legislation now needs to be reworked by a group of people who understand both content and technology and the connections between them.
“There are not a huge number of people who understand that content and technology absolutely need each other,” Dodd said.