Last night, Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, spoke with Emily Chang on Bloomberg TV’s “Bloomberg West.” He talked about the importance of Congress acting now to pass legislation to target foreign criminal websites that profit from stolen American goods and content at the cost of American jobs.
He stated that the future of commerce and content on the Internet will be guided by technology companies and the entertainment industry growing together:
“The Internet has been an incredible asset for people all over the world, creating access to information that was unavailable even a few years ago. This ought not to be a situation where you have to choose between technology and content. Content needs technology and technology needs content; and these two communities absolutely need each other for the future.”
Senator Dodd also said we should focus on the real problem of foreign criminal websites:
“When you have international criminals, foreign sites stealing the intellectual property, the copyright of businesses, not only the film and television industry but also other industries that have knockoff products being stolen, intellectual property being stolen from aerospace, from things such as bulletproof vests and equipment for firefighters. This is a serious issue that deserves attention. I will give the technology industry credit for this. No one is arguing about whether we ought to deal with these rogue criminal foreign sites that steal American jobs and products. We all understand something needs to be done. We’re now arguing about how best to do this. And that’s a major breakthrough.”