Thursday, January 18, 2007

MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations

A depressing and angering article by the same title: MPAA Lobbying for Home Theater Regulations

I don't have a whole lot to say about this, but it sure did make me angry. It is a little old, but I had filed it away and planned to write about. I feel strongly enough for it that I'll write about it, even if I'm writing about it late.

The basic idea here is that when the MPAA thinks of a home theater, they think in insane terms. If you have a TV over 29", stereo sound, and a couch, they are of the opinion that you owe them money and reporting of the use of your theater, just like the theater at the local mall. That is seriously just fucking crazy.

I use such strong language because this is something to feel very strong about and thus to express strongly.

My favorite quote is "Just because you buy a DVD to watch at home doesn't give you the right to invite friends over to watch it too. That's a violation of copyright and denies us the revenue that would be generated from DVD sales to your friends," said by MPAA head Dan Glickman.

Write your representatives, everyone. Even if you are out of the US, you might have similar things in the legislative pipeline. They like to attack of globally these days.

2 comments:

Jay said...

From bbspot.com:

Called "the world's greatest tech humour site" by The Register, BBspot creates entertainment for the geekier side of the world. BBspot produces a variety of features like fake news stories satirizing the tech and political worlds, the BBspot Mailbag which pokes fun at the Believers (people who believe our fake news) and much more.

Though they really shouldn't have given the MPAA the idea.

Steve said...

That quote was really great: we are presumably supposed to make sure we buy our own copy of a DVD before we go and watch it at a friend's house? As I wrote some time ago, those Movie Moguls Need Control.

It really doesn't help that most politicians in America, as in most other countires, are seriously technically deficient, and will quite happily accept money from the likes of the RIAA and the MPAA, then support their insane worldview with insane legislation like the DMCA.

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