MPAA chief admits: SOPA and PIPA "are dead, they’re not coming back."
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 definitively