MPAA hatches plan to revive SOPA

Big Content has not learnt any lessons after its attempt to get its tame politicians to vote in the SOPA law failed.

Christopher Dodd, the former Connecticut senator, said that he was having words with his friends about trying to rush some SOPA-style legislation on the books.

Ars Technica reports that he was not going to go into any detail because the pesky great unwashed would rise up and stop it.

Asked if the fact that the White House told him to go forth and multiply had created tensions with Hollywood, Dodd said he was not talking about last winter.

He just hoped the president would use his “good relationships” with both Hollywood and the technology industry to bang a few heads together.

However, he did rule out one particular myth – which claimed that the Megaupload raid was to show how powerful the movie industry was after the anti-SOPA blackout. Dodd said that it was just a coincidence. The FBI had been planning the raid for 19 January because Dotcom was planning to hold a birthday party on that day, and so a number of key Megauplaod figures would be there.

Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn said that it was amazing that a mere two months after 14 million people voiced their opposition to SOPA and PIPA, that the head of the Motion Picture Association of America said the flawed law could be reworked in the back rooms of Washington.

The chances of anything that looks like SOPA passing Congress in the near future, fingers crossed, seems slim. SOPA has become a term to mean pushing legislation that sparks a major Internet backlash. Dodd’s chums who are still in Congress apparently do not want to be SOPA’d.

One possible canditate to keep the movie industry happy is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). Dubbed the new SOPA, it is actually a cyber security bill which encourages the sharing of data between the government and private industry.  It does have a limited anti-piracy component but it worries people more because of the ability of an alliance of private and public organisations to snoop on people.