Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales takes former Senator (D-Connecticut) and current MPAA president Chris Dodd to task over recent comments he made to Fox news and specifically about calling Wikipedia's SOPA-PIPA blackout protest an "abuse of power."
The comment Dodd made to Fox News:
“Candidly, those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake,” Dodd said to Fox News recently. “Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”
At the Design Life Digital conference in Munich, Wales said that statements like this make the MPAA out to be corrupt, and shows that the trade group that represents the motion picture industry thinks it can buy lawmakers' votes.
He also took issue with Dodd's assertion that Wikipedia's blackout was an abuse of power, noting that 10 million people contacted congress.
“That’s not an abuse of power, that’s democracy,” he said. “[Dodd] had best get used to it.”
Wales did acknowledge that piracy is a problem that needs to be addressed with better legislation.
“I hope to see … a window of opportunity for Hollywood to come to the table and talk to Silicon Valley with a little more humility,” Wales said. “The laws need to be tweaked … but we do not need a Draconian new regime.”