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(PC Magazine)   MPAA: SOPA, PIPA Blackouts Are 'Abuse of Power'   (pcmag.com ) divider line
    More: Ironic, PIPA, PIPA Blackouts, MPAA, Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd  
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2012-01-18 01:53:56 PM  
And if anyone knows about abuse of power, it's the MPAA.
 
2012-01-18 01:56:55 PM  
...all now seem to agree...

Uh-huh.
 
2012-01-18 01:59:03 PM  
So individuals, groups and corporations expressing their opinions is an abuse of power (depends on the corporation, of course).
 
2012-01-18 02:10:49 PM  
The MPAA can really go fark itself.
 
2012-01-18 02:11:14 PM  
Pot. Kettle. Black.
 
2012-01-18 02:11:22 PM  
You can only poke the bear for so long, you worthless twatwaffles.
 
2012-01-18 02:11:31 PM  
Lolwut?

[Ohwaityoureseriousletmelaughevenharder.jpg]
 
2012-01-18 02:11:39 PM  
cdn.crooksandliars.com
 
2012-01-18 02:11:49 PM  
So Chris Dodd has gone from being a tool for Wall Street to being a tool for Hollywood. I guess the same people own both, and him.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:02 PM  
Done in one.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:31 PM  
Go be butthurt somewhere else.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:35 PM  
Oh fark you, RIAA.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:45 PM  
The RIAA and MPAA thinks that any opinion that they disagree with is promoting piracy, hurting jobs, abuse of power, ect.

Ironic tag well deserved. These are the same tools who try to claim that there is no public debate on this issue. . .while stacking the deck at the congressional hearings so it's full of content providers and has almost no tech companies present.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:45 PM  
If there's one person that knows about abuse of power, it's former Senator from Connecticut and financial industry whore Christopher Dodd.
 
2012-01-18 02:12:52 PM  
Of course it's a publicity stunt, you know to raise awareness to the public.
 
2012-01-18 02:13:50 PM  
Dear movie and music industries: if you make the public choose between you and the internet, they'll choose the internet. We'd rather you live in harmony, but we don't NEED you to exist.
 
2012-01-18 02:14:07 PM  
Fark you, MPAA, the people own this shiat.
 
2012-01-18 02:14:22 PM  
now that's rich...
 
2012-01-18 02:14:23 PM  
Of course Chris Dodd is the mouthpiece for the MPAA.

/ Democrat nanny state
 
2012-01-18 02:14:24 PM  
Well. That's the end of that irony detector. How do I build one to register irony levels over Derp10?
 
2012-01-18 02:14:57 PM  
why is it that some things are only problems when OTHER people or organizations are doing it.
 
2012-01-18 02:15:24 PM  
i41.tinypic.com

MPAA knows what's best, and would never law enforcement to abuse it's power
 
2012-01-18 02:16:12 PM  
This is like rain.... on your wedding day.
 
2012-01-18 02:16:14 PM  
These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.
 
2012-01-18 02:16:17 PM  

deeproy: The MPAA can really go fark itself.


Makes me almost glad I haven't spent a cent on a movie in probably over five years. Blow me, MPAA.

Louis C.K. gets my $5 though.
 
2012-01-18 02:16:47 PM  

Lexx: Dear movie and music industries: if you make the public choose between you and the internet, they'll choose the internet. We'd rather you live in harmony, but we don't NEED you to exist.


This x10

Plus , if you pick Chris Dodd as your spokesman I tend not to listen. And by not listen, I mean ignore and listen to someone else's opinion on the issue.
 
2012-01-18 02:16:50 PM  
i565.photobucket.com
 
2012-01-18 02:16:55 PM  
I find it quite humorous Chris Dodd is involved in this. What a farking joke. Chris Dodd has done sooo much for America....

/Gawd, I can't even troll this one with a straight face.
//Lunatic Fringe
 
2012-01-18 02:17:37 PM  
In a Tuesday statement, Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)-and a former Connecticut senator-said Web sites participating in the blackout 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."

first off - no, we do NOT all agree.
secondly - it's called 'free speech' and you should know better.
and lastly - STFU. you serve a corporate power that wants the ability to censor whatever it can't compete with or buy out. shame on you sir, for lying in service to corporate greed over the rights of individuals to speak without fear of the government censor.
 
2012-01-18 02:18:49 PM  

Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.


The only problem is that people have been boycotting the RIAA for years. Even if they have an impact, the RIAA and the media ignore the impact and report that falling sales are exclusively the fault of piracy.
 
2012-01-18 02:18:54 PM  

Lexx: Dear movie and music industries: if you make the public choose between you and the internet, they'll choose the internet. We'd rather you live in harmony, but we don't NEED you to exist.


I think that's the problem, they know that's true.

They want to use SOPA to essentially kill independent content creators on the Internet, to ensure that the RIAA & MPAA have a stranglehold on content generation.

They know that the internet has made their business model essentially obsolete. They could either completely re-tool their business (if possible), or they could maim the internet until it's no threat to them.

They chose the latter. They figured they could just buy some legislation to make it work. Now they are seeing a backlash and trying to deal with it.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:18 PM  
This Dodd jerk needs to get back on his meds and put on his coat with the extra long sleeves.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:23 PM  
Rot in the lowest levels of Hell, MPAA.

What's the Vegas odds on this actually passing now that the INTERNET ITSELF has risen up against it? Our society all but requires the Net now to survive. Our entire economy would collapse without it ...
 
2012-01-18 02:19:28 PM  
I wonder what it feels like to be so full of shiat.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:39 PM  
Yes. Ad-free non-profit Wikipedia is completely beholden to corporate interests and are committing the unspeakable crime of offering information which could potentially sway political support away from quaint Mom-and-Pop general stores like the MPAA and RIAA.

"It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."

And that doesn't sound at all threatening and as though Chris Dodd thinks that the internet should be thanking its lucky stars that it's still allowed to exist.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:47 PM  
FTFA:"Wikipedia has never blacked itself out before on any other political issue, nor have websites like Mozilla or the social news aggregator Reddit," the Journal wrote. "How's that for irony: Companies supposedly devoted to the free flow of information are gagging themselves, and the only practical effect will be to enable fraudsters. They've taken no comparable action against, say, Chinese repression."

The stupid in this sentence burns with the force of a thousand suns.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:48 PM  
Dodd totally missed the point of the protest. The black out is less a retaliation act than an awareness campaign to educate the public on this bill.

Of course, it doesn't surprise me the MPAA to try and twist things around.
 
2012-01-18 02:19:53 PM  

Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.


No problem...have you seen the crap movies coming out? I enjoy everything being a sequel so i dont have to worry about missing original films
 
2012-01-18 02:20:09 PM  
Fark you, MPAA, and the horse you rode in on.
 
2012-01-18 02:20:09 PM  
Lamar Smith, who claims to represent the Austin high tech crowd really doesn't have a clue.

His district gerry manders two or three hundred miles through two cities with populations larger than Alaska.

I'm surprised I never bumped into this genius at science fairs, math contests, National Science Foundation meetings in high school. Of course his school was only four blocks away.
 
2012-01-18 02:20:10 PM  

Jensaarai: Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.

The only problem is that people have been boycotting the RIAA for years. Even if they have an impact, the RIAA and the media ignore the impact and report that falling sales are exclusively the fault of piracy.


yeah, but the corporate news channels have had a virtual blackout on the details of SOPA/PIPA and it's negative consequences. now people who otherwise weren't paying attention just had their awareness bootstrapped into reality mode.
 
2012-01-18 02:20:24 PM  
I'm behind a proxy seeding a torrent so I got a big kick out of that article.
 
2012-01-18 02:20:41 PM  

Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.


How will that help? They just blame decreased sales on piracy.
 
2012-01-18 02:20:57 PM  

NewMossie: Dodd totally missed the point of the protest. The black out is less a retaliation act than an awareness campaign to educate the public on this bill.

Of course, it doesn't surprise me the MPAA to try and twist things around.


Dodd knows exactly what he's doing.
 
2012-01-18 02:21:17 PM  

simplicimus: So individuals, groups and corporations expressing their opinions is an abuse of power (depends on the corporation, of course).


The appropriate means for expressing opinions is through campaign contributions to members of the United States Congress. I predict that the Motion Picture Association of America will now lobby for legislation prohibiting acts of protest against proposed legislative acts. They may also lobby to enable copyright claims upon authored and pending legislation, to prevent meaningful discussion of legislative proposals.
 
2012-01-18 02:21:20 PM  
a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging

I don't agree at all. You have yet to show any evidence that this is a particularly egregious problem for you and every time you start using numbers to try and peg your damages they're blatantly absurd and obviously fished fresh from your ass.

And this is why, despite the fact that every excuse except "I literally cannot obtain this obscure item any other way" is complete bullshiat that actually means "I'm a cheap, lazy bastard of low moral character" I would never turn someone in. Even if you offered rewards I wouldn't. Because there is nobody in this fight of a lower moral character than the **AA's and their bought-off politicians.

So shove your stupid press release in your piehole, Dodd. Even the people who already disagree with the pirates still hate you more.
 
2012-01-18 02:21:47 PM  

SpaceButler: Rip Dashrock: These blackouts are good for raising awareness about SOPA, but better yet, hit the MPAA where it hurts, their wallets. Boycott movies and album sales. As in don't go to the movies, don't buy any albums.

How will that help? They just blame decreased sales on piracy.


yes, but that lie isn't working very well anymore.
 
2012-01-18 02:21:50 PM  
Facebook comments on SOPA/PIPA (new window)

/keep hitting refresh and watch the "likes" and "shared" number climb
 
2012-01-18 02:21:52 PM  
The internet has to remain a bastion for everyone. If they actually wield the power they're threatening with these ridiculous SOPA/PIPA bills they'll be inviting massive unrest akin to a revolution. I mean really people. . .
 
2012-01-18 02:22:41 PM  

NewMossie: Dodd totally missed the point of the protest.


No he didn't. He's earning his keep by publicly defending the indefensible and reminding his former colleagues who their masters are.
 
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