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MPAA Head Chris Dodd's Anti-Piracy Plea: Hollywood and Online Tech "not adversaries, we're partners"

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 3, 2012 at 2:25PM

CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."
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Chris Dodd

CEO of the MPAA and former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd wrote an op-ed piece for Politico Tuesday broaching the subject of Hollywood and technology, and how the two are making strides to join forces against online piracy. Dodd writes: "Despite what the media and the advocates on the extremes would have you believe, the content and technology communities are not adversaries, we're partners."

Dodd goes on to state that content creators and content distributors serve the same God -- the consumer. As a result, Hollywood is taking very seriously the need to distribute to screens of all sizes. If it doesn't, other enterprisers will (and do). Dodd sites the usuals -- YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Roku -- as crucial Hollywood partners, and pays particular attention to UltraViolet, a technology that allows consumers to purchase content in one form, be that physical or digital, and then watch it on any of their devices. Tech such as UltraViolet helps to ensure the internet "works for everyone" and "remains a place where creativity and innovation are rewarded, not stolen."

Read the full article here.

This article is related to: News, Digital Future, MPAA


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.