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RIAA, MPAA spend millions lobbying goverment officials in Q3

Posted at 18 December 2010 08:00 CEST by wconeybeer

Since domain seizures based upon claims by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began occurring in late November, some have questioned how the entertainment industry organizations were so empowered to provoke such action with a lack of legal justification and due process for their targets. Details of the financial activities of these organizations during the 3rd quarter of 2010, however, reveal what may be the answer.

Disclosure reports filed with the House clerk’s office in October show that the MPAA and RIAA combined spent over $1.8 million dollars during the July – September period of this year to lobby the federal government regarding their respective causes. A portion of that money, the reports show, was spent on lobbying officials to push for mandates that would regulate “certain traffic on the Internet”.

The total amount spent on lobbying by the RIAA in Q3 was $1.29 million, which is actually down from the $1.40 million they spent during the prior quarter. In addition to internet regulation, the organization was also encouraging a bill that would require royalties to be sent to performers and labels when their content is played over the radio waves.

The MPAA, however, actually increased their lobbying dollars in the fall, though they did not spend nearly as much as the RIAA. The $520 thousand they spent in Washington was up almost $100k over what they had spent in Q2. The report also showed that the organization specifically targeted the Department of Homeland Security as well as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during the period.

The lesson here is apparently that enough money filtered into the capitol region will get the laws bent, sometimes quite extremely, in your favor. Unfortunately, the victims of these organizations’ lobbying efforts will likely never be able to financially rival them.

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There are 12 comments

pankusareen
MyCE Junior Member
Posted on: 18 Dec 10 09:03
    Little spelling mistake *eports (reports)
    kevpc
    MyCE Rookie
    Posted on: 18 Dec 10 12:42
      to me this shows how, with the right 'encouragement', government representatives will do as big business wants. it also shows that with enough money, big business 'desires' will always be given greater priority over what the people want and what is right. ordinary citizens don't have any say in the matters or any hope in hell of being truly 'represented'. what the 'representatives' forget is that they are elected into positions of leadership to do just that, ie LEAD! not to dictate and certainly not to do what is right just for businesses but to take a balanced view on what is right for the majority, based on ALL arguments and evidence available! coming down on the side of one industry, in this case the entertainment industry, using loss of revenue as the reason, will do more economic damage to a lot more industries if people are stopped from using the internet under a '3 strikes' system, such as is used in France. embracing the internet, giving people what they want in a sensible way, at sensible prices must be favorite. if the service offered is good, it will be used. if not, it wont. competing in a better way than is currently available, instead of creating and being able to create monopolies, must be the way forward.
      cholla
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 18 Dec 10 14:41
        [QUOTE=kevpc;2563943] what the 'representatives' forget is that they are elected into positions of leadership to do just that, ie LEAD! not to dictate and certainly not to do what is right just for businesses but to take a balanced view on what is right for the majority, based on ALL arguments and evidence available! QUOTE]
        That is not correct.
        Representatives are elected to do the will of the majority. Hence the name representative not leader.
        In a true democracy all eligible citizens could cast a vote on every issue.
        The USA has a representative democracy or republic. This means that the elected representative is there to cast a vote for the majority of the citizens that elected the representative. So we don't have to go vote ourselves on every issue.
        So their job is not to "Lead" but to represent .
        The same goes for Senators & the President.
        It is our job the citizens of the USA to lead our nation.
        kevpc
        MyCE Rookie
        Posted on: 18 Dec 10 16:26
          my poor choice of words, perhaps, but i think the meaning is basically the same. the citizens get virtually no chance to lead because the elected representatives do what is best for those that line their pockets the most. instead of following the wishes of the majority of those that elected them to be their representative. they ignore the people and follow the 'money trail'.
          RichMan
          CD Freaks Expert
          Posted on: 18 Dec 10 16:35
            Seems to be some pretty strange math. Combined they spent over 1.8 million yet the MPAA alone spent 520 million. Just doesn't add up.

            RM
            Zzyzxroad
            MyCE Senior Member
            Posted on: 18 Dec 10 17:09
              They could have saved the 520 million and used it to make die hard 5 :/
              wconeybeer
              MyCE Senior Member
              Posted on: 18 Dec 10 19:40
                Yikes! Sorry for the proofing errors on this one, guys.
                cholla
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 18 Dec 10 19:58
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by kevpc
                  my poor choice of words, perhaps, but i think the meaning is basically the same. the citizens get virtually no chance to lead because the elected representatives do what is best for those that line their pockets the most. instead of following the wishes of the majority of those that elected them to be their representative. they ignore the people and follow the 'money trail'.
                  I just wanted to point out the difference didn't mean to be too critical.

                  You are correct money has far too much influence.
                  I guess a second American Revolution is the only fix.

                  IMNSHO; I've been criticized for this as too violent. Not more violent than George Washington & the other Patriots is my arguement. I think all of them would have happily hanged king George the third.
                  I would like to see a large militia of American citizens march on Washington .Then publically hang the whole lot of Washington DC's politicians. Maybe the next group elected would be more concerned with the average citizen.
                  Zod
                  MyCE Resident
                  Posted on: 19 Dec 10 04:32
                    I'm actually disspointed. When I think of corporations buying laws, I always thing its costs way more then a few million a year. The fact politicians will pass laws for so cheap is rather disheartening.
                    debro
                    Blown to smitherines
                    Posted on: 19 Dec 10 09:15
                      What we need is a better class of criminal .. err ... politican.
                      Drum
                      MyCE Member
                      Posted on: 20 Dec 10 18:46
                        I can't say it enough. In the USA we have the best politicians and laws money can buy! That is exactly how it works. When you consider that the billions of donations made to politicians and political organizations are not tax deductable in any form, it is clear "pay to play". When you consider corporations are allowed to contribute, but have no vote and a majority of the people can't afford the maximum allowable contribution, and when people are granted access to politicians based on how much money they bring to the table, I doubt there are many people who don't think the system is totally stacked, not toward the rich, but those willing to spend their money, or other's money to change government policy. There are several states that require people to join a union if they have a particular job (Teachers and state employees0 and those dues are being spent to promote a political agenda that is not in their best interests and many don't want. These are all very bad situations for us.
                        Mr. Belvedere
                        MyCE Resident
                        Posted on: 21 Dec 10 11:53
                          Quote:
                          Originally Posted by debro
                          What we need is a better class of criminal .. err ... politican.
                          Don't worry. The 3rd world is full of entrepeneurs that have their own laws and systems to circumvent almost any other law and system.

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