MPAA's Chris Dodd Praises Democratic Party Platform on Intellectual Property

10:34 PM PST 09/04/2012 by Kimberly Nordyke
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The former Democratic senator also applauds the party's stance on Internet freedom, a week after similarly lauding the GOP's platform.

A week after praising the Republican Party platform for its stance on protecting copyrights, MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd is likewise applauding the Democratic Party's support of intellectual property and Internet freedom.

In a statement, Dodd, a former Democratic senator, said he is "pleased" by the "language" used by the party, which "reinforces the critical importance of protecting America’s intellectual property while ensuring the free flow of information on the Internet."

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He added: "The Internet is a nearly unparalleled source of creativity and innovation, not just in the entertainment community, but across nearly every sector of the U.S. economy. Protecting that source of creativity, as well as protecting the rights of the people behind that creativity, is integral not just to our economy, but to who we are as a nation."

Last week, the Republican Party approved a platform at its convention in Tampa, Fla., that supported the need to protect intellectual property from Internet pirates. Dodd said then that he “wholeheartedly” agreed with his “friends in the Republican party” that it is important to protect the free flow of information but it is also important to protect American innovation by making sure that copyrighted material is not stolen by cyber pirates.

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On Tuesday, he praised both parties for their stances.

"Through their platform language, both parties have now clearly stated that protecting the free flow of information on the Internet and protecting American innovators are not mutually exclusive goals -- and that in fact, they are equally critical," he said. "That kind of insightful approach to this 21st century challenge from both parties is encouraging, and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone who is invested in these issues to develop meaningful solutions to protect an Internet that works for everyone."

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Tuesday night in Charlotte, N.C.

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