The MPAA: Clueless and built to stay that way

It’s clear that the present leadership in the MPAA is part of the problem. They don’t understand the Internet, they didn’t take the time to understand it, they just rushed out and started trying to legislate it. Not to mention they didn’t even try to develop for it until file sharing was already deeply entrenched. It’s going to take a new generation of Internet savvy people moving up into the leadership roles before it’ll get any better. #seb #MPAA #Internet #piracy

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MPAA’s number two admits industry “not comfortable” with the Internet
A great Mike Masnick Techdirt editorial deals with MPAA second-in-command Michael O’Leary’s statement that, “[the Internet is] a platform we’re not at this point comfortable with.”

The MPAA’s O’Leary concedes that the industry was out-manned and outgunned in cyberspace. He says the MPAA “is [undergoing] a process of education, a process of getting a much, much greater presence in the online environment. This was a fight on a platform we’re not at this point comfortable with, and we were goi…

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The MPAA is crying about websites going dark being an abuse of power?

It's nothing compared to what the MPAA, RIAA, and other media companies will do with SOPA and PIPA if they pass. Hell, they're already abusing the hell out of the DMCA take down rules and YouTube's automated infringement system. Imagine if they suddenly gained the ability to have any website anywhere yanked from the net just based on an accusation of infringement whether real or imagined. #seb #MPAA #SOPA #Protests #Politics #Copyright

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The sheer mendacity of this is amazing, especially coming from a former U.S. Senator.

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The MPAA Says Blackout Protests Are an Abuse of Power
Tomorrow huge sites like Wikipedia and Reddit will "blackout" in protest of SOPA, and the MPAA doesn't like the behavior of these "technology business interests"one bit.
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The protests against SOPA appear to be working… somewhat

It's good that the MPAA and a couple of Senators are backtracking on the DNS filtering aspect of the bill, but it sounds like it's just an attempt to make the rest of the crappy legislation more palatable and then they'll come back later and try to get the DNS filtering passed separately. The whole stinking mess needs to be scrapped. #seb #politics #laws #SOPA #MPAA

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Reeling MPAA declares DNS filtering "off the table"
Reeling from a broad Internet backlash, the Motion Picture Associaton of America has conceded that DNS filtering will not be included in the anti-piracy bills now making their way through Congress.

"DNS filtering is really off the table," said Paul Brigner, the MPAA's tech policy chief, on Tuesday. His remarks came during a debate on SOPA at the State of the Net conference in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee.

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I'd wear the MPAA's disapproval as a badge of honor

I certainly wouldn't lose any sleep over them being unhappy with me. #seb #MPAA #Piracy #DRM

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MPAA attacks Ars for "challenging efforts to curb content theft"
The Motion Picture Association of America doesn't like us. According to the MPAA blog on Tuesday, "Arts Technica" is a "tech blog with a long history of challenging efforts to curb content theft." (If so, we're the only such tech blog that actually encouraged a now-current MPAA lawyer to do copyright coverage for our site and that recommended the pro-rightsholder book Free Ride in this year's holiday guide.)

One can see why MPAA staffers might think this way. "Ars Technica opposes our attemp…

MPAA to court: “Proof? We don’ need no stinkin’ proof!”

Gotta love the MPAA where you are considered guilty and they don’t think they should have to prove it:

The Motion Picture Association of America said Friday intellectual-property holders should have the right to collect damages, perhaps as much as $150,000 per copyright violation, without having to prove infringement.

“Mandating such proof could thus have the pernicious effect of depriving copyright owners of a practical remedy against massive copyright infringement in many instances,” MPAA attorney Marie L. van Uitert wrote Friday to the federal judge overseeing the Jammie Thomas trial.

“It is often very difficult, and in some cases, impossible, to provide such direct proof when confronting modern forms of copyright infringement, whether over P2P networks or otherwise; understandably, copyright infringers typically do not keep records of infringement,” van Uitert wrote on behalf of the movie studios, a position shared with the Recording Industry Association of America, which sued Thomas, the single mother of two.

Burden of proof? What’s that? Sounds like something only a commie pinko liberal would demand. Of course they’re guilty! We wouldn’t be suing them if they weren’t guilty. Now give me my money!

The MPAA isn’t very good at math.

How else can you explain the fact that they’re revising a previous estimate they made about the percentage of college students who pirate movies?

In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry’s domestic losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students, who often have access to high-bandwidth networks on campus.

The MPAA has used the study to pressure colleges to take tougher steps to prevent illegal file-sharing and to back legislation currently before the House of Representatives that would force them to do so.

But now the MPAA, which represents the U.S. motion picture industry, has told education groups a ‘‘human error’’ in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss.

That’s a pretty significant difference in numbers, but that won’t stop the MPAA from continuing to push Congress to do something about those meddling kids!

The MPAA says that’s still significant, and justifies a major effort by colleges and universities to crack down on illegal file-sharing. But Mark Luker, vice president of campus IT group Educause, says it doesn’t account for the fact that more than 80 percent of college students live off campus and aren’t necessarily using college networks. He says 3 percent is a more reasonable estimate for the percentage of revenue that might be at stake on campus networks.

‘‘The 44 percent figure was used to show that if college campuses could somehow solve this problem on this campus, then it would make a tremendous difference in the business of the motion picture industry,’’ Luker said. The new figures prove ‘‘any solution on campus will have only a small impact on the industry itself.’‘

You can bet your sweet bippie that the MPAA won’t be giving up on it’s hopes for legislation anytime soon, though. I mean, look how successful the jacking up of fines for non-commercial infringement have been at curbing piracy? It’s been at least as successful as the RIAA’s attempt to sue it’s own customers into compliance. 

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Films with too much smoking to get R rating?

Here is today’s what the fuck story:

Anti-tobacco activists have been pressing for an automatic R rating for films with smoking scenes, but MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman rejected the proposal for a more nuanced approach.

“The MPAA film rating system has existed for nearly 40 years as an educational tool for parents to assist them in making decisions about what movies are appropriate for their children,” Glickman said. “It is a system that is designed to evolve alongside modern parental concerns.”

In line with that evolution, the MPAA ratings board “will now consider smoking as a factor among many other factors, including violence, sexual situations and language, in the rating of films,” he said.

“Clearly, smoking is increasingly an unacceptable behavior in our society,” Glickman said. “There is broad awareness of smoking as a unique public health concern due to nicotine’s highly addictive nature, and no parent wants their child to take up the habit. The appropriate response of the rating system is to give more information to parents on this issue.”

You have got to be fucking kidding me. I’m no big fan of smoking, but this strikes me as one of the more ridiculous things to come out of the MPAA. Considering the lengthy list of “unacceptable behavior”, from excessive drinking to driving irresponsibly, depicted since the first silent films were produced one has to wonder why every movie isn’t an automatic R rating under the stupid logic being displayed in the above decision?

The whole MPAA ratings system is a scam that works in the favor of the major studios over the smaller independent filmmakers (see This Film Is Not Yet Rated for more on that) that needs to be overhauled. That’s what they should be working on instead of worrying about smoking in a movie.