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Links 1 through 10 of 12 by Simon Phipps tagged MPAA

Saving this for next time I hear a movie studio explaining how they are making a loss becuase of "piracy".

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I've heard a number of these historic anecdotes. Resisting and denouncing change has been with humanity from time immemorial. Despite fine stories to help us understand the folly of it, each generation still experiences privileged incumbents using fear of change as their excuse for perpetuating their privilege.

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Surely there has to come a point where policy makers say "hang on, if this copyright violation stuff you're comparing to kidnapping and murder is so important, how come you keep making record profits?"

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Not content with attempting blanket litigation against its fans, the movie industry also wants to chill the efforts of any lawyers who might help them defend themselves. If they put half as much effort into satisfying the demand expressed by downloaders they would earn much more money without also exhibiting sociopathy.

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Each time I see an article like this, I wonder whether today's legislators realise the position they are taking protecting the interests of the lobbyists around them are both untypical of their predecessors and also harmful to their constituents.

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Well worth reading this article. The TV programme 'Glee' features a singing club as the backdrop for a situational drama. Despite the fact that the music industry would sue a club like this off the face of the earth if they ever actually did the things in the story lines, the series never ever confronts either the insurmountable challenge of obtaining copyright clearance or the heartache of being victimised by the music industry as punishment for unauthorised creativity and glee. One can only hope that the next victim of the music industry will cite Fox as a co-defendant for incitement...

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This long and detailed analysis is well worth the read to see just how low the US delegation at ACTA will sink to hide the fact that they are a tool of the US media industry. There's enough data available in public to make it impossible for people like this to get away with lies and extreme spin. I hope they see the coverage and realize no-one is fooled.

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Jason points out the thing the BBC conveniently forgot to mention in their "impartial" coverage.

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"The [RIAA] asked that any owner of a copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret be able to use pretexting" OK, this comment is my copyright, so I get to be exempt from the law too, right?

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