After Ari Emanuel slammed Google last week claiming it was building its business on piracy, then softened that statement by admitting industry arrogance and a need for Hollywood and Silicon Valley to work together, MPAA chairman Chris Dodd once again called for detente.
He writes in Huffington Post, “Recently, my friend Ari Emanuel called on Google and other leaders in Silicon Valley to come to the table to work on a meaningful solution. Today, Time Magazine business and technology reporter Sam Gustin suggested that “tech giants should take him up on his offer.”
It’s discouraging to hear Google executives say they “have done as much as they possibly can” when in fact the theft of American products around the world is rampant — and often facilitated by their search engine. Now is not the time to bury our heads in the sand, but instead to put them together to come up with a smart solution to a problem that is hurting not only the film and television community, but industries across the American economy that are seeing their products stolen, counterfeited and sold.”
Obviously this underscores how dead any type of anti-piracy legislation is this year, and the fears of the entertainment industry that any kind of revival will simply be met by the outcry that greeted SOPA. The animosity toward Google among Hollywood’s power players and policymakers is palpable, to the point where there’s even some suspicion that the Internet giant is merely letting piracy run rampant to the point where it cuts into studio bottom lines and drives down value. Then Google, thirsty for content, can make a move to acquire one of their own. It sounds conspiratorial, but it reflects the aftermath of SOPA and the challenges ahead if any kind of serious talks come to fruition.