White House Petitioned to Investigate MPAA Bribery

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    Responding to the mass protests against the PIPA and SOPA bills on Wednesday, the MPAA has revealed its true nature.

    First, MPAA CEO Chris Dodd described the blackouts of Wikipedia, Reddit and others as corporate PR stunts which manipulated and exploited the sites’ users.

    “Some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns,” Dodd said.

    Then, a few days later when many lawmakers had already dropped their support for the anti-piracy bills, the MPAA’s comments turned even more grim. Talking to Fox News, the MPAA’s boss threatened to stop contributing to politicians who don’t back legislation designed to protect Hollywood.

    “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. 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,” Dodd said.

    Although it’s no secret that the movie industry has a powerful lobby in Washington, explicitly admitting that bribery is one of the tactics the MPAA uses to have their way wasn’t well received by the public. A few hours ago a White house petition was started to investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for alleged bribery.

    “This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the ‘above the law’ status people of Dodd’s position and wealth enjoy,” the petition reads.

    “We demand justice. Investigate this blatant bribery and indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is involved.”

    In just a few hours the petition amassed more than 5,000 votes and this number is increasing rapidly. As a former Senator, Chris Dodd has many friends in Washington so it’s unclear whether the petition will accomplish anything, but if the numbers grow big enough the White House won’t be able to ignore it either.

    The MPAA’s response to the PIPA and SOPA opposition this week is a sign that they might be losing control in Washington. At the very least, they are starting to lose their patience and become frustrated, which may not help their cause at this point.


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    If Hollywood would make better movies and stop remaking films and turning out crap, maybe people would start going back to the movies and buying films. Who in their right mind would pay money to see some of these crappy remakes. There hasn't been a good remake yet. Most films are not worth even downloading for free...
     
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    Please, please allow us, the average people, to gain power again.
     
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    Tsk. Some selfish people who doesn't think of the Freedom of american people. If this bill is passed, what will happen to the constitution of america? what will happen to the american fight of 200 years for independence? Haha!

    Yeah.
     
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    Not really surprising, but openly admitting it like that is just asking for trouble. I would definitely sign the petition if I lived in the US.
     
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    I am all for the MPAA falling hard on it's ass, they have screwed over so many of my guitar tablature sources because they think numbers written in Note Pad constitute copyright infringement.
     
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    Petition's up past 10.5K now. If you're in the US and haven't signed yet, you should.

    @[member='DSGamer64']: Wouldn't that be the RIAA?
     
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    Both of them, they have both actively been involved in shutting down US based guitar tablature websites for the last several years. Too bad they didn't get Ultimate Guitar since their server is based in Europe, but are/were operated by Americans.
     
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    I signed!
     
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    signed. what an ass. there should be an anti-ass law.
     
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    This tyrant must fall and I don't mind that the White House is doing this, the Executive Branch's rep is at an all time high and he has to go while it's still high.
     
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    Tried to sign but it wouldn't let me create an account so I could sign it. Just gave me an empty page where there's supposed to be a form to fill out.
     
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    Should be a pop-up sort of thing. What browser are you using?
     
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    Dont count on politicians to be fair, its their job to win elections no matter what. If they dont do that theyre not doing their "job"
     
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    Oh I see I forgot the 1st job between " as well

    It was meant as a sarcastic note to how politicians act in these times. Of course I know its not their actual job but its the only things that important to most of them
     
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    I actually didn't notice them at all. :/

    Sorry about that.
     

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