Dodd Speaks

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Speaking at the National Press Club Fri, MPAA chief Chris Dodd discussed violence in the media and underlined the importance of preserving an open and free Internet while protecting copyrights. The former Democratic senator from CT defended the film/TV industry against claims by the NRA that violent video content should be blamed for recent mass shootings. Calling NRA’s accusations "predictable," he said the film/TV industry is committed to working with the Administration to address gun violence. He sees 3 pieces playing a key role: Choice, control and education. "We strongly believe in control," especially for parents, Dodd said, calling efforts to regulate content "a slippery slope." Dodd also called for more focus on efforts to improve mental health services. Meanwhile, Dodd noted how easy it is to view video content on digital platforms, which increases the need to protect the content from theft. "We must strike a balance between the desire for a free and open Internet and the protection of intellectual property", he said. "Content needs technology. Technology needs content" and the issue becomes if the 2 can co-exist, he said, noting the MPAA is working with companies like Google to get illegal content off. Dodd said regulation isn’t the answer. "I am not enthusiastic about legislating in this area," he said. "Stop asking people to pick one side of this equation."

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