SOPA Blackout Begins, MPAA Reacts

It’s just after midnight and the SOPA blackouts have begun across the internet.  Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, and many others will voice their protest against the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills starting today.  Among the list of media giants that support the bill, the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has issued a press release voicing their opinions on the blackout.

If you aren’t familiar with the bill, or the harm it will cause to the internet and our freedom of speech, please check out google’s SOPA page by clicking here or on the banner at the top of the page. Check after the break for the full MPAA statement.

WASHINGTON —The following is a statement by Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) on the so-called “Blackout Day” protesting anti-piracy legislation:

“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.

It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. 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.

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.”

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