Today, the MPAA released a statement calling the tactic a “dangerous gimmick.”
If you’d like to throw up a little in your mouth, read part of the statement from former Senator Chris Dodd (who now happens to be the chairman and CEO of the MPAA) below:
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
A so-called “blackout” is yet another gimmick, albeit a dangerous one, designed to punish elected and administration officials who are working diligently to protect American jobs from foreign criminals. It is our hope that the White House and the Congress will call on those who intend to stage this “blackout” to stop the hyperbole and PR stunts and engage in meaningful efforts to combat piracy.
Tomorrow, we will be abusing our “power” by blacking out Blippitt and participating in the “dangerous gimmick.”
Read the full statement here.
- Wikipedia Blackout: Official Statement Released on January 18 SOPA, PIPA Protest (blippitt.com)
- Wikipedia SOPA/PIPA Blackout Pages (webpronews.com)
- MPAA blasts ‘dangerous’ anti-SOPA blackouts as ‘stunts’ (news.cnet.com)
- Imgur Joins Reddit, Wikipedia, in Sopa Protest Blackout (inquisitr.com)