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MPAA's Dodd: Time to Change "Dynamics of the Conversation" About Piracy

BY Nick Judd | Friday, January 20 2012

Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd just released a statement calling the delay of controversial anti-piracy legislation a "failure to act" but, at the same time, seeming to ask Internet industry back to the table.

"With today’s announcement," he said, per the statement, "we hope the dynamics of the conversation can change and become a sincere discussion about how best to protect the millions of American jobs affected by the theft of American intellectual property."

Here's the statement:

“We applaud those leaders in Washington who have chosen to stand with the millions of hard working Americans all across this nation whose livelihoods are threatened by foreign criminal websites designed to steal. 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.

With today’s announcement, we hope the dynamics of the conversation can change and become a sincere discussion about how best to protect the millions of American jobs affected by the theft of American intellectual property. The threat posed by these criminal operations has been widely acknowledged by even the most ardent critics. It is incumbent that they now sincerely work with all of us to achieve a meaningful solution to this critically important goal.”

For the backstory, see this morning, action on Wednesday, and our editorial on this issue.