THE CHAIRMAN of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) does not support anti-SOPA blackouts, and in fact he's called them dangerous gimmicks.
A statement sent out by the MPAA on behalf of the CEO, former US Senator Chris Dodd, calls the protests "stunts" that punish users, set dangerous precedents, and cover up other agendas.
"Only days after the White House and chief sponsors of the legislation responded to the major concern expressed by opponents and then called for all parties to work cooperatively together, some technology business interests are resorting to stunts that punish their users or turn them into their corporate pawns, rather than coming to the table to find solutions to a problem that all now seem to agree is very real and damaging," says the statement.
"It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today."
Dodd said that this sort of thing, and presumably not things like web site shutdowns and controversial extradition decisions, is causing problems on the internet. He added that there might also be hidden motives. We should add that he means at organisations other than his.
"It's a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests," he added.
"A so-called 'blackout' is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this 'blackout' to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy." µ