White House Petition Calls for Bribery Investigation of MPAA Chief

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win7fanboi

btw this is the link to the petition :
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/!/petition/investigate-chris-dodd-and-mpaa-bribery-after-he-publicly-admited-bribing-politicans-pass/DffX0YQv

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ocnier

I always love how these articles always leave out that this guy was and is a...... wait for it....... drum roll........"DEMOCRAT!!!!". I would bet a hundred dollars that if he had been a Republican that would have been plastered all over this article. I'm still waiting on the valley to wise up and realize the Republicans were more friendly to the net and tech than the Democrats (too bad that just not hip or sexy, oh well one can dream).

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Ghok

"I always love how these articles always leave out that this guy was and is a...... wait for it....... drum roll........"DEMOCRAT!!!!"."

Because it doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with this issue, and only does if you're trying to be divisive. This is an issue that's important to regular people on both ends of the political spectrum, and not all of us are zealots who have to identify with a political party. Most liberal minded people vote for democrats because they're the best choice (or rather, the least bad choice). I'd say that a lot of people who identify as conservative feel the same way about the Republicans.

"I would bet a hundred dollars that if he had been a Republican that would have been plastered all over this article."

This was the last article I could think of involving this issue and a Republican:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/sopa_author_says_opponents_lack_credibility

It doesn't mention he's a Republican anywhere in the article. It's also one of the most commented articles, so it's pretty high profile.

"I'm still waiting on the valley to wise up and realize the Republicans were more friendly to the net and tech than the Democrats (too bad that just not hip or sexy, oh well one can dream)."

I don't know which republicans you're referring to, so it's hard to respond to this. I have not seen any evidence of it. I can think of many issues regarding the net that Republican representatives have been on the wrong side of, and some the Democrats have had a hand in. No doubt, I can think of more Republicans because I am more liberal minded and naturally at least a little biased...

But overall, when it comes to the net and tech and BOTH parties, I mostly see a bunch of old white guys who have no idea how the internet works, and are happy to destroy the internet so they can line their pockets with the money of lobbyists.

And you're still hung up on which party is better for the net and tech?

We don't need your partisan nonsense, we have more important things to pay attention to.

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Nimrod

ive seen plenty of times where a R was in an article like this and they mentioned every time they printed his name. Dont jizz all over your self the next time you post ok? i didnt read past your first line and i doubt many other people did either.

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Ghok

Sorry! Sometimes I forget this is a place where we're supposed to snipe insults at each other instead of talk about things!

It is actually pretty standard in the media to report what party someone belongs to if they are holding government office. So I don't see why anyone would get upset over that. Still, the article I linked to doesn't have an party affiliation named for a serving member of congress. Dodd isn't even a senator any more. That was my only point.

Next time you want to pretend not to read my post, a good tip is not to respond to it either.

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win7fanboi

people who get caught up in us vs them fight when it comes to political parties are morons in IMO. Both parties belong to the highest bidder : http://gizmodo.com/5877352/surprise-senators-with-huge-campaign-contributions-from-media-support-sopapipa

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Biceps

Yeah, if you think either party isn't 110 percent corrupt, you are either not paying attention, or you are just plain stupid. Dodd is awful and corrupt and purchased. So is Gingrich, and so is (especially) the loud and proud Obama. They are all bought and paid for, and not one of them gives a rat's ass about you or me or what is good for this country. They only want more money for them and their sick friends.

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Nimrod

Ron Paul doesnt seem to be "paid for," not unless the Constitution is bribing people now :)

Who was it that FIRST!!!!! spoke out against SOPA and PIPA in the (R) party? Its was Paul, the rest didnt fallow suit until the internet backlash made it fashionable to be against SOPA. The media black of the issue kept them from having to sound off against it while Paul was faithfully attacking it! He also introduced a bill to repeal the NDAA, guess who wasnt in Congress that day, the rest of the (R) candidates! Paul made his way so that he could stand up for what right while the rest were standing up for their donners!

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Biceps

Actually, you have a point - I haven't looked for it, but off the top of my head I have to say I haven't heard of any evidence of Paul being driven by contributions. I think that he may actually do what he thinks is right, which is saying a lot these days. That said, I think his views are simplistic and childish in the extreme and are based much more in a dream world than his supporters would like to admit. If you are a real Paul supporter, I probably just gave you a stroke, and I apologoze for that, but it is honestly how I feel about the guy. We could go back and forth on this, but I think we are getting pretty off-topic.

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skirge01

For all the complaining, sadly, it's the people with the most to lose who fail to bother voting every election or, even worse, they vote the same morons back into office (from president all the way down to school boards). Imagine what would happen if every elected official got voted out and only new blood got elected? Sadly, people listen to their employers or their unions or campaign ads or "their party" instead of to their common sense. 1984 will be here before people realize it, but then it will already be too late.

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Morete

Chris Dodd is just another indentured politician under contract by multiple corporate predators. We need corporations and we need capitalism. What we don't need are corporate supremacists stripmining our political freedoms.

SOPA/PIPA would erode sovereignty from the people thus making them nothing more than subordinates of the corporate behemoth.

Corporate predators see waste as greater sales, corruption as power, tax escapes and consumer penalties as profit centers, unilateral control as their birthright. Our political freedoms as well as our economy is out of control.

Polling shows that the American people are increasingly opposed to the privileges and immunities of giant corporations. They are aware that corporations (and their indentured politicians), have no allegiance to this country as they roam the world in search of serf labor and partnering oligarchs and dictators.

Let's not take our eye off of who really is behind SOPA/PIPA and let's stay free!

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tekknyne

+1 Strip-mining our freedoms! Well said!

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Biceps

+1 too. I was thinking that I haven't heard a more appropriate description for what is going on. I'll be recycling that one, thanks.

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btdog

Ryan -
Realizing MPC is teeming with die-hard, liberal democrats, that was quite brave of you to write this article. Kudos to you, sir.

I hope you get this before Grayson and Lilly force you into the "re-education" training.

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Ghok

Heh, are all right wingers as die-hard as they think all liberals are? People are no doubt biased because of their political beliefs in the work they do, but it's very rarely anyone's primary motivation. Many of the writers at this magazine may be liberal (I'm just assuming), but they weren't hired because they were liberal in order to spout a liberal agenda. They're here to write about issues that concern tech, and that's exactly what they do.

You just seem like some paranoid crazy when you make comments like this.

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tekknyne

Watch Fox News much? Way to show us all that insightful thinking with all those generalizations and labels. You really should get out more.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Lobbying is legalized bribery. It's legal because the people getting payed off also get to decide what is legal in this country. They should all die, and we should start over with a fresh bunch, right after they bury the headless corpses of their predecessors--for inspiration's sake, of course.

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Ashton2091

When i read the title of the article...that was exactly my first thought.

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AETAaAS

I'd like to think I called it when I said that there was something going on behind the scenes, in one of the earlier SOPA articles on MaxPC.

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triclops41

boy, repubs and dems are so different!

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someuid

After firing Dodd, we need him in prison and the MPAA outlawed.

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oldobamaliar

liberal scum like all liberals

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tekknyne

You really aughts to get out more. News Flash: there's around 7 billion people on this planet and not everyon falls into simple little categories. I know if you simply label people, it makes it so the critical-thinking part of the brain doesn't have to work so hard. In some ways... I envy you.

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Carlidan

Sweet coming in articles to make a stupid remark so it makes you feel better about yourself. :)

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btdog

Grayson, is that you? Lilly...?

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Carlidan

I'm guessing that was an insult? Okay... I'm insulted?

What I don't get btdog, since you think Maximum PC has libbie writers and it's a libbie publication website, why are you here?

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maxeeemum

Chris Dodd is a disgraced ex-senator from the state of Connecticut. He didn't run for office in 2010 because he got caught doing shady business with his own home mortgages. In his statement he shows that bribing congress is everyday business. He has taken so many bribes in his career he has forgotten it's illegal. It's time to take this clown down.

Google search Dodd and you will see what I'm talking about. How you say "crooked politician" turned CEO lobbyist.

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tenchymuyo2

Proud to have done so. But I've always despised all of Dodd's points.

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EthicSlave

BE PROUD for standing up for your rights and freedoms, and hopefully we as a people can stand up for said freedoms more often in the future!

on an even happier note: Arent you guys HAPPY you dont have to rifle through your web pages and forums for what would have been infringing material? personaly I would cry if maxPC was blocked...

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steevonson

According to Citizen's United this isn't bribery this a corporation's free speech as protected under the First Ammendment.

This is a waste of time. If Dodd were to be fired or isn't elected next term he'd just retire into a government appointed oversight position. Such is the revolving door of politics.

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Slurpy

I miss the days when people voted from the rooftops.

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warptek2010

Right... when they agree with the free speech they defend it. When they don't agree with it they denounce it as right wing propaganda and use our court system to silence it. Don't delude yourself into believing that Stalinists are suddenly for free speech.

Dodd is a corrupt con-artist scum. He's using his vast influence and the network of connections he's built over the years to do the bidding of the Hollywood elite. Not to mention the vast sums of money he's been given from them over the years. I see conflict of interest all over this.

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Carlidan

And who are these "stalinists"? I already know your answer. But still like your inquisitive responses. Now Corporation is not a real person, but somehow it is. So YOU ARE NOT stifling anyone's free speech. :)

Just FYI both sides of the political party have "connections" and use those connections to secure private insitution jobs that give them a cushy job later. Is Dodd is asshole. Yes. Should he get fired. Yes. It's nothing new in politics.

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tony2tonez

Here is the petition if anyone else wants to jump on board. Its 28K+, pass this petition on to others who signed the SOPA/PIPA. Just to pile on the a$$hole.

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/investigate-chris-dodd-and-mpaa-bribery-after-he-publicly-admited-bribing-politicans-pass/DffX0YQv

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tony2tonez

We need him fired. Imagine if he got this to pass as well. Its bad enough Dodd-Frank was passed. We would really be in a collective shit whole. I think he has manage to piss off everyone full circle.

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firefox91

We all know that Congress is bought and sold to those that have the most money. But it has gone on for this long because there isn't much proof of it and no one admits to it. This guy played both sides of the fence as both a senator and a lobbyist and still broke the number 1 rule for Fight Club. Not only is he a greedy, arrogant piece of crap, his is incredibly stupid. As of this post, the petition is well past 25,000 so he is going to get looked at. It's not often that anyone in government does something right. But they are going to do this so kudos to them for that.

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DogPatch1149

According to The Escapist (as of 1830 EST), the petition has already went over 25,000 signatures. Awesomeness...I'd love to see this bastard taken down.

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Zoandar

I, for one, would like to see this issue blow up in their collective faces.

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t.y.wan

+1!

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Jox

Seconded. Assuming you were referring the the faces of the RIAA/MPAA folks.

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