Dodd’s Hollywood Olive Branch to Silicon Valley

Chris Dodd is appearing at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco tonight, in a conversation with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. His remarks are aimed at Silicon Valley, in an effort to establish new, cooperative ties with the tech industry after the sidelining of the Stop Online Piracy Act. In fact, in prepared remarks, Dodd said that “what I don’t want to do is relive the SOPA debate.” He also says that he will “accept my share of responsiblity” for some of the heated rhetoric that was flying back and forth late last year and early this year.

In fact, some of the biting sentiments about Google have given way to more measured remarks, as Dodd noted the search giant’s recent move to alter its search algorhythms to downplay pirated content, as well as the fact that “every single one of the studios that I represent at the MPAA has a
distribution deal with Google.”

“We have to break through the notion that this
is a zero sum game,” he said. “We both benefit from each other’s success.”

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