On Monday we reported that the MPAA and the RIAA recommended to Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel that the United States government do more to combat online piracy like they did with Megaupload. Today Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom offers his two cents on the MPAA's and RIAA's recommendations and goes so far as to say that these trade groups have "corrupted the government."
"There is no need to sway public opinion because everyone can see how the MPAA and RIAA are corrupting the system by infiltrating their own people into key government positions. They are openly paying politicians and hiring public officials who are favorable to them."
Dotcom is talking about the revolving door policy the government seems to have with lobbyists representing every type of business sector in the country.
"A recent example is the senior vice president of the MPAA Marc Miller who recently called me a ‘career criminal’ at a press briefing regarding the potential dismissal of the Megaupload case," Dotcom says. "He is a former prosecutor and colleague of Jay Prabhu, one of the US Attorneys behind the prosecution of Megaupload. They worked together in the Computer Crime division at the Department of Justice and they jointly won the Anti-Piracy Leadership Award from the SIIA."
"Good friends help each other," Dotcom added.
But the most prominent and influential of all of the MPAA's representatives is former Senator (D-CT.) Chris Dodd, who retired from the Senate to join the MPAA as its CEO in 2011.
"The MPAA made the ultimate hire with former Senator and Joe Biden’s best friend Chris Dodd. They now own the ear drums at the White House. And Chris Dodd is using his influence," Dotcom says. "The US Attorney [Neil MacBride] leading this case was a former copyright lobbyist and lawyer of Joe Biden. He is also a buddy of Chris Dodd. This gang of friends plotted the takedown of Megaupload in bad faith."
You can read the rest of Dotcom's comments over at TorrentFreak, but the thrust of it is that Chris Dodd has a lot more influence in the White House than he should thanks to a close relationship with the Vice President and thirty years serving in the Senate.