MPAA Chafes At White House’s Limited Effort To Reduce Ad Sales To Web Pirates

By | Tuesday July 16, 2013 @ 9:17am PDT

If the MPAA was less diplomatic, it might have headlined its response to the Obama administration’s latest anti-piracy initiative, “Are You Kidding Me?” Even without the direct language, the studio lobby made it clear that it believes U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel served up thin gruel yesterday when she teamed with tech companies to promote voluntary best practices to reduce the flow of ad dollars to sites that traffic in pirated content. MPAA chief Chris Dodd called it “an incremental step forward that addresses only a narrow subset of the problem” and places “disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders”. The response was a bit of a surprise: Just last month the MPAA praised the administration when it released its Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement, which called for voluntary initiatives to fight piracy. That was far less than Hollywood wanted last year when it lobbied Congress to pass tough anti-piracy legislation. Read More »

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MPAA Unveils Site To Help Viewers Access TV Shows, Movies Online

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT

WASHINGTON-Today, the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc (MPAA) announced the launch of www.WheretoWatch.org, a new website that will serve as a resource for audiences to access movies and TV shows seamlessly and legally. Today’s media landscape offers audiences the opportunity to watch movies and television shows in more ways than ever before, an environment created in part through a copyright system that empowers creativity and promotes innovation.

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CinemaCon: Hollywood Produces Violent Films Because It’s “Cool” Theater Rep Says

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 1:47pm PDT

The analysis comes from NATO‘s John Fithian after he was asked at a press meeting why Hollywood produces so many R-rated films — despite Read More »

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CinemaCon: MPAA And NATO Chiefs Talk Up New Ratings Descriptors

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 1:22pm PDT

The film industry’s two chief lobbyists stayed on message at a brief press conference this afternoon that mostly dealt with the movie ratings initiative introduced this morning. The effort to clarify the reasons why … Read More »

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CinemaCon: MPAA’s Chris Dodd Asks Theater Owners To Step Up Anti-Piracy PR

By | Tuesday April 16, 2013 @ 11:08am PDT

Chris DoddThis is a taller order than the former Senator might realize: Theater owners are notoriously press shy. Still, he told CinemaCon attendees today that “it’s crucial for all of us to tell the story of our industry’s impact” … Read More »

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Chris Dodd Says Copyright Protections Would Strengthen Culture And Economy

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 12:31pm PST

It’s a familiar message for the MPAA chairman. But it’s noteworthy because he delivered it today to the National Press Club in Washington DC, where the trade organization hopes to revive interest in copyright protection following the collapse last year of its effort to persuade Congress to pass tough rules to limit Internet piracy.  Using this year’s Oscar-nominated films as examples of “stories that help us make sense of the world — and ourselves,” Chris Dodd called for strong intellectual property and copyright laws to protect such content. “These collaborations generate more than just social and cultural dividends, but economic ones as well — here in the U.S. and abroad”, he said in prepared remarks. Read More »

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd On Presidential Election Results

By | Tuesday November 6, 2012 @ 10:13pm PST

Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd released this statement tonight on President Obama’s re-election.

“I congratulate Barack Obama on his victory tonight. President Obama has demonstrated a great understanding of the importance of

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Stresses Common Ground Between Tech Cos And Hollywood

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 6:50pm PDT

Chris Dodd MPAA SOPAMPAA chairman Chris Dodd focused on the common ground between the entertainment and tech industries today in a speech at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. Following a heated battle with … Read More »

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Why Is MPAA Partnering With Harvey Weinstein On Free Publicity For ‘Bully’?

By | Friday March 9, 2012 @ 7:13pm PST

Do the movie studios which make up the MPAA realize that Chris Dodd is now part of non-member The Weinstein Company’s publicity machine? First there was Harvey Weinstein’s PR offense over the MPAA’s refusal to change the rating for The Weinstein Company documentary … Read More »

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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Urges Tech Community To Support Ban On Rogue Web Sites

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 2:11pm PDT

MPAA chief Chris Dodd used his speech today to the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers as a rallying cry to side with content creators who support the Stop Online Piracy Act — instead of tech companies that largely oppose the bill introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposal would empower the government to block overseas websites that traffic in stolen entertainment and intellectual property. Content companies say it’s needed to limit piracy, while tech companies and the Consumer Electronics Association say it could stifle free expression. In his prepared remarks, Dodd asked SMPTE to “bring your expertise and your numbers to bear as we fight back against the theft of our product.” Dodd said he rejects the view that “we in the film and TV industry are dinosaurs, clinging desperately to a broken business model and stubbornly refusing to evolve.” He added that “one of my top priorities at the MPAA will be to grow and strengthen” a sense of partnership between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. ”We cannot survive without each other.” Read More »

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Henry Hoberman Named Global General Counsel At MPAA

By | Wednesday October 5, 2011 @ 9:36am PDT

WASHINGTON—Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), today named Henry Hoberman, a veteran entertainment industry attorney, as the association’s new Senior Executive Vice President and Global General Counsel. In that

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