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Hollywood's Washington Relationship Simmers After Piracy Fight

January 20, 2012

Politicians could pay politically for failing to support two controversial bills designed to combat piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites, Motion Picture Association of America President Chris Dodd, a former Connecticut senator, says.

"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 told Fox News. "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."

That prompted Public Knowledge legal director Harold Feld to accuse Dodd of "threatening" politicians.

"Threats like that are no way to conduct the serious, sober discussions needed to figure out exactly what ails the movie industry and to come up with solutions," Feld said in a statement. "It was Hollywood's arrogance in pushing bills through Congress without proper vetting that caused them to be withdrawn; these threats also are not helpful to figuring out what ails the industry and how to solve their issues."

The White House, meanwhile, appeared to dismiss Dodd's suggestion for a White House summit on piracy issues.

"I think this is a legislative process that folks on the Hill can take up, working with those with strong opinions on both sides of the issue," press secretary Jay Carney said during Friday's briefing.

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