Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

September 21, 2010 -

Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman issued a short statement in support of the Senate Bill to deal with online infringement - the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act." Viacom's support of such a bill is not surprising considering that it owns multiple media companies. Below is his full, unfiltered comments on the bill:

"The film and television industries are responsible for millions of U.S. jobs and tens of billions in wages to American workers. However, businesses hiding offshore are generating large profits from global theft of intellectual property in digital form, threatening our nation's prosperity and one of its most vital exports. The bipartisan legislation introduced today by Senators Leahy, Hatch and eight other original cosponsors provides necessary authority and flexibility for the Department of Justice to keep pace with the complexities of fighting digital theft. This bill is an important step forward to help curb rampant piracy here and abroad, and protect American jobs. We look forward to working with the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and Congressional leadership on its passage."

Source: Viacom


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Re: Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

One intresting thing to note is that they've stopped using the term "piracy" and "pirates." They're now using the term, "digital theft."

When the market gives you lemons, why not make lemonaide? Instead they're trying to use the government to control the market. Always a bad idea, and destructive to themselves in the long run.

Re: Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

As if they won't? It is akin to giving a junkie keys to a pharmacy!

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Re: Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

Of course they do. Big surprise.

Re: Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

It dose not matter you only have control over what you show and how you sell it to the masses the DMCA is half illegal in trying to over ride fair use,ect and HDCP is trying to take the choice of recording something out of the hands of the public. The media industry has made millions and will make millions if the public is thoroughly protected from abuse from above!


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Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Viacom Supports Senate’s Infringement Bill

Hey, what are the other company logos, I can't make these out (marked with a ?. From left to right: MTV, Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Paramount, Spike, CMT BET, ? Comedy Central, VH1, ?

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