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MPAA CEO Endorses Democratic Language on Copyrights and Internet Freedom

4 Sep, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Christopher Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Sept. 4 said he welcomed the Democratic Party’s platform language on intellectual property and Internet freedom — issued on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

The language mirrors that of the GOP, which outlined similar support for the copyrights and the Internet during the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, Fla.

Dodd, a former 30-year Democratic senator from Connecticut, said the “insightful” approach to this 21st century challenge from both parties is encouraging. He said he looked forward to continuing to work with parties invested in these issues to develop meaningful solutions to protect an Internet that works for everyone.

At issue are industry and legislative attempts to strengthen online copyright protections that have met resistance from technology companies. The “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) in the House and the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA) in the Senate were introduced to strengthen safeguards against intellectual property theft and copyright infringement on the Internet.

Both provisions were halted after several Web services — including Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Yahoo, among others — threatened blackouts if stricter safeguards were enacted.

“I am extremely pleased that the Democratic Party’s platform language reinforces the critical importance of protecting America’s intellectual property while ensuring the free flow of information on the Internet,” Dodd said in a statement. “The Internet is a nearly unparalleled source of creativity and innovation, not just in the entertainment community, but across nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.  Protecting that source of creativity, as well as protecting the rights of the people behind that creativity, is integral not just to our economy, but to who we are as a nation.”

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