We really must have hit a nerve.
Here we were, doing our jobs to make sake sure the public knows what
Hollywood is trying to do to your television sets — disable
them and force you to buy new ones if you want to access their
content — when the MPAA decides to go on
record calling PK Legal Director Harold Feld a liar.
Rather than address the merits of our argument, in a filing with the
FCC, the MPAA said that Harold’s video “contains
statements that are simply and irrefutably untrue.” Actually,
they say it several times. And make it the “first and
We understand why the MPAA is so upset. They’re used to getting
what they want here in Washington. They don’t have too many
people willing to stand up to the lawyers and political favors
Hollywood money buys. So when someone actually speaks truth to them
— and makes the Federal Communications Commission listen
— well, as we said, it strikes a nerve.
Their attempt to discredit us is simply unacceptable. We are a small
organization with a bare-bones staff that operates to make sure you
have a voice in communications and copyright policy issues. If Public
Knowledge didn’t exist, no one in the public interest community
would be telling you what the MPAA is up to.
And we’re glad to speak truth to the MPAA. We can stand
insults, and the usual Hollywood threat that “you’ll
never work in this town again!” doesn’t bother us.
Most of all, we’re glad that we can make your voice
heard at the FCC, in Congress, and everywhere else that
lobbyists try to cut their sweetheart deals. But we can’t do it
without your support.
When Hollywood starts making personal attacks, you know you’ve
hit a nerve. Help us keep speaking truth to power. Support Public
Gigi B. Sohn
President and Co-Founder