SOPA, PIPA, OPEN, the MPPA, Deep Pockets, Lobbyist Revolving Door of Corruption and False Faith

SOPA Resistance Day!

Image by ~C4Chaos via Flickr

Political leaders in the US have cancelled plans to vote on the SOPA and PIPA legislation currently before Congress, saying more time is needed to examine the issue.

OK so that’s a VICTORY.. no .. as I said before this is time for next act.

Senator Harry Reid from Nevada how shepherded PIPA through the Senate, announced that he would postpone a vote on the bill scheduled for next week.  He praised the proposed legislation and said he looked forward to eventually getting it to a vote.

Senator Harry Reid said ..

We must take action to stop these illegal practices, we live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith then said that the SOPA legislation in the House of Representatives would be put on hold, but went on to say the government would have to pass some kind of legislation to deal with foreign thieves.

Yes all you internet users out there when she said “foreign thieves” what she really means is “Up Yours”.

The MPPA then stated its resolved to push this further by a statement from the MPAA CEO Chris Dodd.

Before we hear what Chris Dodd said, I think its important to have some back story on Chris Dodd. If you are not from the US then you probably have no idear who he is.

Some time back before Chris Dodd broke his promise about NEVER BECOMING A LOBBYIST I thought he was a half decent politician; well that’s just dumb of me, but then is pretty good at telling interesting truths.

Chris Dodd was a U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful who retired from the Senate.

Back in February 2011 Chris Dodd repeatedly and categorically insisting that he would not work as a lobbyist when he retired from the senate.

But Chris Dodd BROKE his Promise Not To Become A Lobbyist!

Just weeks after leaving the senate Chris Dodd  broke his promise not to become  a lobbyist, when he took over from the then retiring MPPA CEO Dan Glickman (him self a former Agriculture Secretary) and became the new MPPA CEO.

Ohhh .. so being a SEO and a lobbyist are so different?

If Chris Dodd had become President of the US, he would have had an annual salary of $400,000 , along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and trifling $19,000 for entertainment ( I would get through that in a weekend).

But as the MPAA CEO Chris Dodd nets a rather cool $1.2 million a year, not to mention a slush fund that can buy him congressmen and senators from the left and right, he has more power on the floor than the current president has. If you don’t believe me, then how did SOPA get so close?

OK, back story done, so back to point, the MPAA CEO and former “TRUSTED” US senator Chris Dodd wrote.

As a consequence of failing to act, there will continue to be a safe haven for foreign thieves; American jobs will continue to be lost; and consumers will continue to be exposed to fraudulent and dangerous products peddled by foreign criminals.”

So we the people of the world have a partial victory. But legislation is only on hold, so there are plenty of opportunities for the media industry to take another shot at it once all the fuss has died down. They may even change the names of the bills, but they will be back.

There has been too much money spent on campaign contributions to give up now, and you can bet the MPPA’s bottom dollar that millions more are to come. But that’s probably going to wait until the US presidential election has distracted everyone.

But you don’t have to wait till after the elections, these guys are full of ideas. They also have the bipartisan Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN Act).

If OPEN gets past the goal then they can block funds going to foreign piracy websites. This would not involve doomed to fail attempts at block them by disrupting the DNS infrastructure. Instead the task would be assigned to intellectual property experts at the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

Congressman Darrell Issa who is the OPEN Act co-sponsor and SOPA critic, said ..

Over the last two months, the intense popular effort to stop SOPA and PIPA has defeated an effort that once looked unstoppable but lacked a fundamental understanding of how Internet technologies work,” Issa said. “Postponing the Senate vote on PIPA removes the imminent threat to the Internet, but it’s not over yet.”

The OPEN Act is far from perfect, and there is nothing about fair use in it for example. Even so it has supporters such as Google and Facebook, so has a shot at passing.

But the MPPA and others will not give up so easily and with the US election schedule getting into gear, politicians will be hungry for campaign funds. The MPPA will be one of the biggest givers, but what will they want for their millions?


About Joseph Leon Hall
I am a Systems Administrator, Network Engineer and Senior Technical Support Analyst and Microsoft evangelist. I spend my work time looking after networks, servers, desktops, laptops, and people. You ask wy people? That’s because in any network people matter. ”I am a PC! I am NOT a Mac nor a I a Chrome”

3 Responses to SOPA, PIPA, OPEN, the MPPA, Deep Pockets, Lobbyist Revolving Door of Corruption and False Faith

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