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Old 10-03-12, 02:40 PM   #1
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Post MPAA chief admits: SOPA and PIPA "are dead, they're not coming back."

MPAA CEO Chris Dodd speaks to the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers in late 2011.
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA'MPAA CEO Chris Dodd didn't seem eager to talk about the aftermath of SOPA when he spoke at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on Tuesday night. The former Connecticut senator would have preferred to wax poetic about innovation, California, and the collaboration between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. "Every studio I deal with has a distribution agreement with Google," said Dodd. "We've divided up this discussion in a way that doesn't really get us moving along as a people."

He couldn't ignore it for long. Gavin Newsom brought it up only briefly, but reporters approached Dodd after the event to get more details on how he viewed the SOPA aftermath, as well as the MPAA's Internet lobbying more generally. SOPA and its sister bill PIPA were both definitivelykilled off earlier this year after an overwhelming campaign of online action by citizens and tech companies.

Dodd sounded chastened, with a tone that was a far cry from the rhetoric the MPAA was putting out in January. "When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event," said Dodd. "There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days." That caused senators to run away from the legislation. "People were dropping their names as co-sponsors within minutes, not hours," he said.

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