This week former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, who is now chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) tried to emphasize that the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act are dead, buried and never to be pushed by his group in Congress again.
"My own view, that legislation is gone. It’s over. It’s not coming back," Dodd told Wired in an interview earlier this week.
He still insisted that the cause of these bills' defeat were due to online petitions and e-mail campaigns that he called "over the top."
Dodd also spoke highly of anti-piracy efforts being conducted with the cooperation from major internet service providers in the U.S. Many ISPs have signed onto an agreement that will disrupt internet access for online repeat copyright offenders after a series of warnings. Those measures including educational efforts, warnings, which can escalate to information collection for the purposes of a lawsuit, throttling measures, and redirects to a landing page about infringement.
As for legislative efforts, Dodd says that that is no longer an option.
"These bills are dead. They are not coming back," Dodd said.
Instead the MPAA is trying to work closer with Silicon Valley on other efforts to reduce piracy.
"I think all of us agree that it’s fundamentally wrong to steal the genius of someone’s creations," he said.
You can read the rest of Wired's excellent report here.