MPAA Chief: SOPA is ‘Dead’12 Apr, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA, said April 11 the piracy bill Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is “dead,” but the issues surrounding its purpose are anything but.
“The legislation called SOPA, it’s history,” he said in a video interview with Bloomberg. “That’s over with; it’s gone. In my view it’s dead. It’s behind us. The issue hasn’t gone away.”
In January, Congress dropped both SOPA and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (Protect IP) Act, after major websites went dark for a day in an unprecedented show of protest.
Both pieces of legislation would have targeted foreign websites dealing in illegal goods by restricting search engines from showing them in results and restricting American payment companies from working with them. They also would have given the U.S. attorney general the ability to seek injunctions against foreign websites dealing in illegal content and goods.
Hollywood and the MPAA had backed both pieces of legislation, hoping to stunt online piracy with the passage of either or both.