Following a wildly successful online protest that prompted
lawmakers to indefinitely postpone anti-piracy legislation, former
senator and current Motion Picture Association of America chairman
Christopher J. Dodd called upon Silicon Valley and Hollywood
executives to meet at a summit to hash out their differences over
the proposed regulations.
Lawmakers initially expected the Protect Intellectual Property Act
(PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to pass the Senate and
the House, respectively, with little controversy. However, internet
companies waged a war against the anti-piracy laws, arguing they
would stifle free speech and hamper their ability to function.
Wikipedia, Craigslist, Google (
) and Facebook were among the myriad companies opposing the laws.
Analysts pegged the battle over the proposed
as one between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, with the former in
support of their passage. Dodd - whose professional
responsibilities essentially are lobbyist and policymaker -
was obviously frustrated by lawmakers' decision to shelve the
controversial bills, but said officials should meet in an effort to
develop legislation that would satisfy their divergent interests.
"The perfect place to do it is a block away from here,"
Dodd said, referring to the White House
Power lobbying groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the
Recording Industry Association of America had supported the
proposed bills, but this week's internet-centric revolt re-framed
the debate, upending
politics. Dodd - who is forbidden from lobbying Congress until 2013
due to his recently leaving congress - acknowledged the internet's
growing power, particularly its influence on the democratic
"This is altogether a new effect," Dodd said, noting he could not
cite in the past 40 years another piece of legislation "that was
moving with this degree of support change this dramatically."