Like a zombie in a grade Z horror movie, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), one of the most deliberately and dramatically unjust bills aimed at far more than copyright protection, is coming back to life. Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) president Chris Dodd… what was that? yes, you read it right, but let me say it again… Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) president Chris Dodd… invoking the name of the late Steve Jobs (who could not be here to defend his own views) blathered on as follows (via Carl Franzen on TPM LiveWire):
… As he told The Hollywood Reporter in a Q-and-A on Thursday:
THR: What is the status of the Stop Online Piracy Act? Is the legislation dead, or will there be compromise between Hollywood and Silicon Valley?
Dodd: I regret that Steve Jobs isn’t around today. At least he understood the connection between content and technology. The fellow who started eBay, Jeff Skoll, gets it [Skoll is founder and chairman of the film company Participant Media]. There are not a huge number of people who understand that content and technology absolutely need each other, so I’m counting on the fact that there are people like Jeff and others who are smart and highly respected in both communities. Between now and sometime next year [after the presidential election], the two industries need to come to an understanding.
THR: Are there conversations going on now?
Dodd: I’m confident that’s the case, but I’m not going to go into more detail because obviously if I do, it becomes counterproductive.
In other words, your Congress, your “elected” “representatives,” are going to cut a deal that literally nobody outside MPAA wants. This is one of the best examples I have seen of why former members of Congress should a) be paid a respectable salary for life, in exchange for b) being banned from accepting positions with lobbies for life.
Remember that battle against SOPA/PIPA the first time around? Gird your loins; we have to do it all over again…