Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales to Chris Dodd: The MPAA Looks Corrupt

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales takes former Senator (D-Connecticut) and current MPAA president Chris Dodd to task over recent comments he made to Fox news and specifically about calling Wikipedia's SOPA-PIPA blackout protest an "abuse of power."

The comment Dodd made to Fox News:

“Candidly, those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake,” Dodd said to Fox News recently. “Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”

At the Design Life Digital conference in Munich, Wales said that statements like this make the MPAA out to be corrupt, and shows that the trade group that represents the motion picture industry thinks it can buy lawmakers' votes.

He also took issue with Dodd's assertion that Wikipedia's blackout was an abuse of power, noting that 10 million people contacted congress.

“That’s not an abuse of power, that’s democracy,” he said. “[Dodd] had best get used to it.”

Wales did acknowledge that piracy is a problem that needs to be addressed with better legislation.

“I hope to see … a window of opportunity for Hollywood to come to the table and talk to Silicon Valley with a little more humility,” Wales said. “The laws need to be tweaked … but we do not need a Draconian new regime.”

Source: VentureBeat. Image Credit: Wikipedia

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    Just to be clear, we are making an effort to be more consistent.  I've already notified GP about the older Dodd story and a newer story where it's missing.

    If noting the party affiliations of Senators, present or former, is important to you, please feel free to point it out if we fail to do so.  All I ask is you be polite and refrain from absurd accusations of political bias motivating the occasional miss.

    That also goes for any typos, factual mistakes or other relevant info you feel would add to the story.


    Andrew Eisen

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    Prof_Sarcastic says:

    Oh, I see, it was just mighty confusing to see you complain about something not happening, on a page where it actually happened.

    Well, I won't bore you with the details (unless you dispute my statistics) but looking through the first 2 pages of GP news reports that mentioned politicians, I counted these:

    • Reports critical of democrats, without saying theyre democrats (possible Dem bias): 3
    • Reports supportive of democrats, without saying theyre democrats (possible Rep bias): 2
    • Reports that make party alliances clear, or leave both parties unmentioned (no bias): 2

    Ooh, ONE more story with a possible democrat "bias" than republican.  No doubt you'll sieze on that and rave about it until the cows come home, while those of us who retain our sanity will see that it's within a quite acceptable standard deviation.


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    Andrew Eisen says:

    "Just imagine going to a site non stop flash games about Democratic Figures…. [blah, blah, blah]"

    Which has absolutely nothing to do with GP or how it reports the news.


    Andrew Eisen

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    I can understand that and will admit I can go off topic and rant you got me there man.

    I don't slam GP every chance I get I like the place good stories and such and I have been coming here for years. Just imagine going to a site non stop flash games about Democratic Figures. Games to stop or poke fun at Barrack Obama but to write articles condemning games that goes after people who make flash games of Republican political leaders after they took control of the country and impose there view.

    I know we all have bias but just imagine waking up to that world where majority of game sites have a point of view but in some cases don't realize their bias.

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    Prof_Sarcastic says:

    Wait.  Was there a different version of this story up when you posted this?  Because right now, I see a (D) on the story that you're replying to with accusations that they don't write such things.

    Unless there was a ninja edit, you're obviously completely wrong.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    As I have stated repeatedly, I have no problem with your opinion.  I have a problem with you posting off topic, derailing the discussion, and repeatedly slamming GP with baseless, insulting, and obviously false accusations.


    Andrew Eisen

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    black manta says:

    The MPAA has been corrupt for decades.  The most well-known example is how they will essentially hold a movie hostage, refusing to release it until the filmmakers cut it down to the rating they want.  I'm reminded of the chant one of the characters in John Waters' Cecil B. Demented said: "Hey, hey!  MPAA!  How many movies did you censor today?"

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Sonny (Andrew), I've been posting here for years. I am on topic maybe I don't agree with you that all the Republican flash games shown here making fun of Republicans and lack of Democrats flash games among issues of bias such as failing to put the symbol if its someone with who you agree with.

    I can go on and on and I asked this one or two years ago but seeing you like editing this post can you or will you finally tell us what party your with?

    Another thing you like to point out is free speech unless of course its with someone who disagrees with you. I've been on gaming sites since 94 I've been around the block and I know people like you do not like people around who think differently then you or like to be challenged but I won't back down.

    I know you taken over things since the original owner stepped down and now your video blog and other entries are posted here as much as that old folding arms Hal photo.

    Go ahead and edit and delete my posts, ban me but it only proves what you are…a liberal hypocrite who refuses to tolerate someone with a different opinion. I've been here for over six, seven years and when you came on thats the first time one of my posts was ever edited or deleted so the next time you write an article about evil politicians out there trying to limit free speech think hypocrisy

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    DorthLous says:

    Look m8, you sometimes make sense, sometimes don't. But your recent posts are off the scale crazy, borderline offensive and mostly off-topic. Get your act together! I don't mind someone pushing an agenda if at least they can back it up (I'm talking about you here, just to make sure.)

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    AE: This is tiresome and you've been repeatedly warned.  If you're going to post, keep it on topic and refrain from badgering GP with baseless accusations of political bias and slants.

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    Truec says:

    Yes, of course!  The MPAA is so corrupt, what with the way they… engage in lobbying.. like every other special interest group with money behind it.

    Chris Dodd and the MPAA aren't anything new or special, aside from the refreshing level of honesty.

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    Prof_Sarcastic says:

    It's certainly interesting to see them being so up-front about how lobbying works, but that doesn't change the fact that lobbying in this way is a corrupt practice.  The fact that it's been going on for ages and loads of businesses engage in it, doesn't make it any less corrupt, it just means the corruption is widespread and has been for some time.  I'm actually glad he said this as it's bringing publicity to something I've hated for a long, long time.

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    BlindMaphisto says:

    That's why the first rule of giving power to the government should be "What would happen if my worst enemy had this power. Limited government for the win.

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    Erik says:

    Wait, so Dodd is saying that what Wikipedia did was an abuse of power while they themselves are supporting a bill that will grant them power to strike down websites at a whim?

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