Dodd angered Wales by telling Fox News that senators bribed by the MPAA to support it should be doing what they are told.
“Don’t ask me to write a cheque 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,” Dodd said.
He also said that Wikipedia’s decision to blackout its site in protest of SOPA constituted an abuse of power.
Wales pointed out that such statements make the MPAA out to be a corrupt, Congress-buying organisation. He said that 10 million people contacted Congress to call for the axing of SOPA and PIPA.
“That’s not an abuse of power, that’s democracy and Dodd had best get used to it,” Wales said.
According to Venture Beat, Wales told the audience at the Design Life Digital conference in Munich that he believes digital piracy is a very real problem that needs to be addressed with better legislation.
Hollywood needed to come back to the table and talk to Silicon Valley with a little more humility. The laws need to be tweaked, Wales admitted, but the world does not need a Draconian new regime.