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What is the MPAA?

Politics, Technology

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is

  • …a political advocacy group (aka lobbyists).
  • …beholden to the needs of its six members:
    • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
    • Paramount Pictures Corporation
    • Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
    • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
    • Universal City Studios LLC
    • Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
  • …a self-stated “champion of intellectual property rights, free and fair trade, innovative consumer choices, freedom of expression and the enduring power of movies to enrich and enhance people’s lives.”
  • …run by former US Senator Christopher J. Dodd, who took the job on March 17, 2011 two months after leaving office. Under the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-81) Senators must wait two years before lobbying Congress in an official capacity.
    • It should also be noted that Dodd repeatedly made clear that he would not lobby once he left office.
  • …the organization that administers American film ratings.
  • …the organization that administered the Hays Code.

The MPAA is not

  • …a government organization.
  • …a labor union.
    • Officially it is a trade organization.
  • …elected.
  • …the voice of the filmmaking community at large.

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