Chris Dodd, Hollywood's chief lobbyist, extended an olive branch to Silicon Valley.
Eager to put to rest a bruising battle with Google and other tech companies over ill-fated anti-piracy bills this year, Dodd stressed common ground between California's two signature industries in a speech Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.
"What I don't want to do is relive the SOPA debate -- and I hope you don't either,'' Dodd said, alluding to the Stop Online Piracy Act that sparked an unprecedented online protest led by Google, Wikipedia and other tech giants. They saw the bill as threat to the Internet.
"Issues surrounding piracy and how we protect the hard work of many thousands of American creators and makers in movies and television are important though, and worth talking about together without heated rhetoric and raised voices. And I accept my share of responsibility for some of that in the past."