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MPAA Is Helping Their Users Pirate Movies

Posted by Alex Bailey On December - 17 - 2006

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24 Responses to “MPAA Is Helping Their Users Pirate Movies”

  1. Luke says:

    Hehe… Priceless.

    Sigh… I love how they claim this can be more damaging than stealing someones stereo. Funny.

    If I steal your stereo, then you don’t have one anymore.

    If I download a song or a movie, then I generate what RIAA and MPAA call a “lost sale” but only if I at some point considered buying it. If I never planned to pay for it in the first place then no one inures any losses.

  2. meneame.net says:

    La MPAA da pistas para piratear películas…

    En su lista de advertencias contra la piratería (www.mpaa.org/piracy_whoAre.asp), la MPAA da más de una pista de cómo y por qué conseguir películas piratas (si se lee convenientemente entre líneas, claro). Sus consejos, sin quererlo, resultan una…

  3. Alex Bailey says:

    [quote comment=”3934″]La MPAA da pistas para piratear películas…

    En su lista de advertencias contra la piratería (www.mpaa.org/piracy_whoAre.asp), la MPAA da más de una pista de cómo y por qué conseguir películas piratas (si se lee convenientemente entre líneas, claro). Sus consejos, sin quererlo, resultan una…[/quote]

    English translation anyone..?

    EDIT: Ahh it’s some sort of a trackback to a reddit/digg like clone that’s in Spanish.

  4. tonberry1 says:

    They really do list the main reasons why pirate copies are better:
    – No DRM
    – No region
    – Sooner available
    = Better total quality

    But still fail to learn from their own words.. I wonder, do these comments come from a automatic generator of some sort?

  5. lander says:

    Translation:

    The MPAA offers tips for pirating movies…

    In their list of anti-piracy advertisements, the MPAA gives a bunch of tips for getting pirated movies (if you read between the lines, of course). Their advice, much to their surprise, could result in…

  6. confus says:

    While it does seem strange comming from them numerous public service announcements have shown education outweights the benefit of ignorance, it may encourage some people towards pirated media but at least those people know they are doing something illegal, currently many people who obtain pirated media don’t know its illegal

  7. Paul says:

    If you are going to quote material from the MPAA site, you should really provide a link to it. I’m not saying you are, but for all I know, you could have made up this entire article up.

    Visiting the MPAA site, the obvious link (Movie Thieves) doesn’t mention any of the text you quote in this blog.

  8. Gee, MPAA, you’re all such fountains of wisdom. Now, how about if you all go back to your desks and get ready for the pop quiz? First question: Why do you really care if people download stuff off the internet? Second question: What difference does it really make if people choose to download media content online, or if they choose to spend money on it in whatever stores? Is it still not going to be available online for people to download anyway? Ok, that second question is a two-parter, so take your time to think about the right answer, MPAA. After you’re done, be sure your name is signed to the quiz and leave it on my desk. And don’t forget you’ve got detention this afternoon, mister.

  9. Mojolevy says:

    [quote comment=”3934″]La MPAA da pistas para piratear películas…

    En su lista de advertencias contra la piratería (www.mpaa.org/piracy_whoAre.asp), la MPAA da más de una pista de cómo y por qué conseguir películas piratas (si se lee convenientemente entre líneas, claro). Sus consejos, sin quererlo, resultan una…[/quote]

    Translation:
    In the list of advertisements against piracy, the MPAA gives more of a direction of how and why to track down movie pirates (if you read between the lines, conviniently). Their advice, without wanting to, will result in…

  10. Alex Bailey says:

    [quote comment=”3976″]If you are going to quote material from the MPAA site, you should really provide a link to it. I’m not saying you are, but for all I know, you could have made up this entire article up.

    Visiting the MPAA site, the obvious link (Movie Thieves) doesn’t mention any of the text you quote in this blog.[/quote]

    mpaa.org/p...ternet.asp
    mpaa.org/p...erials.asp
    mpaa.org/piracy.asp

  11. digger says:

    Who steals a used pair of shoes? Honestly

  12. Joe says:

    well.. that was british english. where is the mpaa based again?

  13. Arahan says:

    I m not against piracy or hacking. its all technology and requires skill and is necessary to improve the existing technology.
    piracy does enables people who cant afford things to afford them and be in the main stream. Piracy isnt harming environment or killing someone. its just a tiny hole in the pockets of big money churners.

  14. David says:

    If you make and/or distribute a copy of any copyright protected work without the permission to do so by the copyright holder you are in violation of their rights. That is a crime.

    Violating someone’s rights IS a crime and is immoral.

    The only exceptions are activities that fall under the provisions of “fair use,” which pretty much excludes all the activities that the so-called “pirates” would undertake.

  15. Luke says:

    Can we please stop using the MPAA and RIAA favorite propaganda buzzword? Every time we mindlessly repeat the word “pirate” we reinforce the negative stereotype the entertainment industry tries to force on the public.

    Copyright infringement is very different from robbery on high sea. It is simply ones failure to respect the rights of the creator of a given product. Despite the popular belief, the artist doesn’t loose anything when you copy his work without permission.

    You simply infringe on his right to choose a distribution channel for his work. Loss of control over the distribution of your work may or may not lead to decrease in profits.

    You are not taking anything from the artists. You only potentially affect his total profits from a given work. But only, and only if you don’t buy the product after illegally downloading it.

    Once you buy it, and say, delete the illegally downloaded copy, and then simply rip the same song from the mp3 under fair use the net loss for the artist and his primary distributor is precisely zero. It does not make it legal, but it does make the entertainment industry lost sale claims ridiculous.

    Copyright infringement is illegal, but it is not in the same ballpark as theft or armed robbery (piracy is a form of armed robbery after all).

  16. mafia-man says:

    well there’s my def fence if I ever have RIAA or MPAA taking me to court.

    “They told me all the benefits of piracy governor”

    “Case dismissed, carry on pirating”

  17. lol great analysis of their site. I bet they’ll change it quite soon, they recently took a lot of pride in the fact that they now have bots that are spidering the web and looking for pirated movie content, and the funniest part is that their bots were poorly coded and ended up returning results on any site that uses the word ‘video’.

  18. DesireCampbell says:

    [quote comment=”3938″][quote comment=”3934″]La MPAA da pistas para piratear películas…

    En su lista de advertencias contra la piratería (www.mpaa.org/piracy_whoAre.asp), la MPAA da más de una pista de cómo y por qué conseguir películas piratas (si se lee convenientemente entre líneas, claro). Sus consejos, sin quererlo, resultan una…[/quote]

    English translation anyone..?

    EDIT: Ahh it’s some sort of a trackback to a reddit/digg like clone that’s in Spanish.[/quote]

    Anyone else notice the URL included emphasizes the fact that its only one letter off from “piracy_whore”? Hehe

  19. wade says:

    i dont see what is spelled wrong. its the british spelling of the word. pirating is like stealing, however, stealing it isnt hurting anyone.

  20. Alex Bailey says:

    [quote comment=”4071″]i dont see what is spelled wrong. its the british spelling of the word. pirating is like stealing, however, stealing it isnt hurting anyone.[/quote]

    Check the dictionary for the word grammar. Re-read their quote.

  21. vvv says:

    [quote comment=”3995″]If you make and/or distribute a copy of any copyright protected work without the permission to do so by the copyright holder you are in violation of their rights. That is a crime.

    Violating someone’s rights IS a crime and is immoral.

    The only exceptions are activities that fall under the provisions of “fair use,” which pretty much excludes all the activities that the so-called “pirates” would undertake.[/quote]

    dick

  22. J says:

    “Grammar error?”
    The pot calling the kettle black.

  23. Alex Bailey says:

    [quote comment=”4277″]”Grammar error?”
    The pot calling the kettle black.[/quote]

    Care to explain, there’s nothing wrong with that…

  24. Droog says:

    Arrgghhh matey!

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