The MPAA and the RIAA love to put out announcements about their latest significant blow against unauthorized copying -- but never seem to recognize that for all those significant blows, there's only been more and more unauthorized file sharing. The problem, as has been explained repeatedly, is that it just takes one copy to get out and it's everywhere -- and it's impossible to stop that copy from getting out. To highlight this, the MPAA is excitedly talking about how they arrested the receptionist for an accounting firm. Apparently, the MPAA sent out advance copy DVDs of new movies to someone at that accounting firm. The receptionist took the DVDs and gave them to her cousin who would rip them and put them online. While, of course, the MPAA talks about how this shows that anyone ripping these DVDs will get caught, it should actually highlight the reverse. The number of people out there who at one point or another have access to a movie is simply tremendous. The idea that you can stop the thousands of people in the chain from letting it get into someone's hands who will upload it is simply ridiculous. So, all this announcement really shows is the magnitude of the problem facing the MPAA if they really plan to keep trying to completely stop a movie from getting online. It simply isn't going to happen -- and it's a problem worse than "whack-a-mole." It's whack-a-mole times thousands.
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