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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MPAA’s Chris Dodd Adds To Outpouring Of Elizabeth Taylor Tributes

WASHINGTON—Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, issued the following statement on the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, Academy Award-winning Hollywood actress:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Taylor. Her artistic contribution to the motion picture industry is immeasurable. In

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MPAA Names Christopher Dodd Chairman & CEO

Mike Fleming

WASHINGTON — The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) today announced it has named former U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd as its new Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Senator Dodd, who completed five terms in the United States Senate

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