Former Senator runs MPAA – what a surpise!

doddby David Berkowitz (picture is of Dodd)

Senator Dodd On Irresponsible Developments of “Blackout Day”
[Via MPAA Blog]

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.


It used to be that politicians would view their time in office as the pinnacle of their life, and either die in office or retire to their homes.

Now it is simply a stepping stone to a more lucrative career – lobbying. The head of the MPAA is a former Senator who I bet got the job because he claimed his experience in the Senate would help them ram through this legislation.

Let’s all make him, and our government, realize that the people run this country, not lobbyists or money. Let’s make him fearful for his new job.

And let’s make the current legislators really worry about their own jobs. This is a bipartisan issue and something we can all come together and fight. Perhaps if we can learn to do this, we can recapture the spirit that made America great. We can overcome the explicit divisiveness that both parties have used for a generation to hold on to their corrupt power.

Perhaps we can enter a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance.

As Theodoric of York would say – Naahhh!!!