Dean Garfield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for the MPAA, was recently interviewed in ZDNet, where he was asked about the Pirate Party. Here’s the question and his answer:
Do you think that the Pirate Party’s attempts to battle you guys at the ballot box is a legitimate way to work out these issues?
Garfield: There’s nothing about what the Pirate Bay does or what the Pirate Party does that is legitimate. There’s nothing philosophically principled about it. They steal copyright content and accept advertising dollars based on taking other people’s work. There’s nothing noble about it.
Let’s be clear about this. Garfield is specifically saying that it is illegitimate to use democratic elections to elect politicians that won’t do what the MPAA wants. Well at least we can commend him for his clarity and honesty on this issue. No doubt the MPAA prefers politicians who can be bribed to do its bidding.
Swedish Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge responded by saying:
“This can only be seen as MPAA calling democracy illegitimate. We are a registered political party finishing in the top ten in a parliamentary democracy. That these people claim it would somehow be illegitimate to change laws through a parliamentary process shows just how corrupt to the core they are. On the other hand, I think the statement may be partly out of fear. There’s one thing that beats all their lawyers, war chests and monopolies. Just one. That one thing is votes in a democratic election, and that’s what we have and they don’t.”
The MPAA are showing their true face here. Yet another reason why everyone should boycott them. Don’t go to the cinema or buy a DVD unless you’ve checked beforehand that no MPAA-affiliated company will be getting a penny of your money. If in doubt, either don’t watch the film, or download it using BitTorrent. Don’t help these scumbags to harm you.
(Link from TorrentFreak)