updated 08:15 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012
Industries "need to come to an understanding"
Motion Picture Association of America chief executive Christopher Dodd is reportedly maintaining hope that the trade organization will be able to successfully promote a replacement to the SOPA legislation, which was effectively shot down amid resistance from tech companies. In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the former senator also suggested that Steve Jobs would side with the MPAA in its fight against piracy.
"I regret that Steve Jobs isn't around today," Dodd said. "At least he understood the connection between content and technology."
The executive further suggests that support from a small group of industry leaders, including former eBay executive and Participant Media founder Jeff Skoll, may help the Internet and content industries "come to an understanding."
As lawmakers were considering SOPA, the MPAA claimed that it had not initially faced any serious opposition from within the government. Separate reports suggest the organization failed to communicate with players in the technology industry, some of which eventually protested the legislation before President Obama threatened to veto as support behind the legislation quickly crumbled.
In the recent interview, Dodd declined to disclose any specifics regarding the closed-door negotiations to replace SOPA. Insiders have claimed the MPAA may be making "incremental" progress toward compromise, though Dodd previously admitted that it was involved in a fight on a platform that the MPAA is "not at this point comfortable with."