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    Anti-copying lobby's antics - hard to tell fact from fiction!

    The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) seem always to be trying to outdo one another to show a face of capitalism even less acceptable than the last one seen - leaving themselves wide open to potshots from the likes of tech-humor site BBspot.

    BBspot's latest spoof story is unbelievable but so, too, are some of the things that the MPAA and RIAA do really get up to!

    More in this HEXUS.lifestyle.headline.

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    LMAO - Thanks Bob for that I've not laughed so much for ages.

    Although, you've forgot to point out that one of the lawyers from the RIAA wants the internet closing down according to the link Here

    Crazy Nutters the lot of them
    Last edited by Lee H; 29-11-2006 at 01:49 PM.

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    I just wish the BBspot story had arrived closer to April 1 - cos I would have published it as though it were true - the stuff BBspot produces is VERY convincing and if you don't know it's a spoof it's all too easy to be taken in.

    And, yes, you can take that as an early April Fool's warning!


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    I was nearly taken in

    Shame though, it might give them ideas....

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    The sad part is it's not far off from what the MPAA/RIAA really would do. They should be able to keep the moral high ground while fighting piracy, but they seem able to go from right to wrong with amazing ease.

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    Allow me to repost something I put on Slashdot in response to the BBSpot article:
    The problem with satirical articles about the MPAA is that they have to get well beyond the realms of reality before they stop being believable.

    Don't forget that here in the UK we have TV licensing. Home Theatre licensing isn't so far fetched from that.

    Satire? Looks like they're just giving the MPAA more great ideas... We're doomed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
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    Ahh, so that explains the text after your MSN name

    The RIAA/MPAA are basically so out of touch they are making a mockery of everything the go after.

    Suing dead people, people without PC's ... the list goes on really.

    Shame I wasn't a judge - I'd just laugh at them everytime I saw them in my court

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    excellent. the MPAA/RIAA are just ridiculous.

    I dont buy into the huge conspiracy theories, but http://www.boycott-riaa.com/facts/truth has some interesting(and more importantly to me; 'factual', with citations) numbers about the RIAA. If money actually went to the artists more people might support them.

    Theres probably a similar site for the MPAA too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    excellent. the MPAA/RIAA are just ridiculous.

    I dont buy into the huge conspiracy theories, but http://www.boycott-riaa.com/facts/truth has some interesting(and more importantly to me; 'factual', with citations) numbers about the RIAA. If money actually went to the artists more people might support them.

    Theres probably a similar site for the MPAA too.
    That site looks to have been written by a 2 year old:

    the cost of CD's haven't risen as much as they could have read our take it.
    Otherwise it pretty much confirms what we already know - they a bunch of greedy so and sos...

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    Love BBSpot, they have some great stuff one there. Especially like the Bloopers they have there.

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    I have a friend (ahem) that regularly downloads from news group sites that allows users to watch ripped DVDs and tv shows from the USA, or anywhere in the world for that matter.

    Quizzing him on the copyrighted issues this raises, it was made clear that the reason behind this download was pure convenience, rather than for saving money.

    Why watch Lost on sky 1 which is a month behind, or Prison Break months behind? Over 10 shows a week he downloads, and he has now cancelled his subs for Sky as he no longer needs to watch it! Also, DVDs come out in the USA far sooner than in the UK, so convenience again, forces him to download it for free.

    A 700MB file takes him less than 10mins to dl, a 350MB tv show, less than half that.

    But its convenience! If the MPAA or the publishers of these materials want to stop this illegal activity then they have to compete with it not try to sue it!

    They have a major issue with launch dates, its too restrictive using a country based system. TV shows and movies should be available the same day everywhere in the world if they want to completely end the need for this infringement. And if this is unworkable, then let the world outside of the USA have the pay-to-play facilities such as iTunes for shows and movies! Surely their advertising on site and on dl avi files can recoup lost revenues.

    But no, they want their cake and eat it, so THAT is why this will never stop, it is not those downloaders that are too tight to pay for a dvd or movie ticket, its the publishers that want to protect their monopolies.

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    ^ Well said.

    I remember seeing a modified version of the antifilmpiracy short (the one with "you wouldn't steal.. .." which had a nice rundown of how the figures quoted by various anti-piracy groups are blown out of proportion and how their arguments don't really work - like the great "film/music piracy will decrease sales of licensed products" when sales of such products are still increasing fairly quickly.

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    Anyone else notice that the record companies themselfs have stopped blaming piracy for their falling profits?

    EMI said their lack of revenue was from dificult market conditions and a lack of strong (over hyped, run of the mill) titles.

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    They blew it with the "comfortable" bit. Can you imagine lawyers arguing that one in front of the Supreme Court? "Your honor, my client's alleged 'home theater' does not qualify under the law as both chairs have hard wooden backs and seats, with no padding. They are not 'comfortable' under the law."

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