MPAA And Its Priorities: Asks US Gov't To Stop Soldiers From Buying Bootleg DVDs

from the maybe-if-you-made-the-movies-available... dept

Apparently, it's difficult for US soldiers in places like Iraq to get access to Hollywood movies legitimately, so it should come as little surprise that they might pick up bootleg DVDs to keep up with what they're missing back at home. Rather than actually supplying content for the military, it appears the MPAA decided to send a letter asking for details about how US Central Command is stomping out this practice, and asking if it will ban soldiers from going into stores that sell bootleg DVDs. Thankfully, USCC said "no," noting that it didn't want to harm Iraqi entrepreneurs and had no jurisdiction over shops selling bootlegs... while also suggesting that "the provision of popular entertainment like first-run movies, concerts and other events will help to curtail the demand for pirated media." In other words, stop worrying about piracy and maybe send over some movies for us to watch already.


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    Blatant Coward (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 3:33am

    Holy crap, a reasonable response by military officers in command? *faints*

     

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    KnownHuman (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 3:40am

    When I was leaving Iraq, a little over six years ago, we had to go through a cursory customs inspection by the Air Force. They were looking for weapons and anything that might be considered an illegal spoil of war (basically anything beyond flags and unregistered bayonets). However, they didn't expect to find any of these, so they spent most of their attention on our DVD and CD collections.

    The rule was, and again, this was six years ago, a soldier was allowed to have up to two bootleg copies of any individual title. Anything more than that would be confiscated as something similar to "intent to distribute."

    Made us all wonder what kind of world we were coming back to, especially since there was this crazy rumor that Arnold Schwarzenegger had been elected Governor while we were gone.

    I figured everything would have shifted to digital copies, party drives and downloads, by now.

     

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    PaulT (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 3:54am

    Exactly my argument with the Spanish issue - when they offer the product at a reasonable price, in a reasonable timescale with no regional blocks and/or arbitrary restrictions, they might find a drop in "piracy". If they don't service the market adequately themselves, the "pirates" fill the demand they refuse to address.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:00am

    As always, MPAA finds it in its heart to support our folks in the military.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:04am

    Re:

    The first thing you must accept is that "understands basic economics" and "works in the publishing industry" are mutually exclusive events.

    If you see someone arguing in favor of these groups' bad (economically inefficient) business practices, it is usually because of some glaring logical fallacy on their part. If you point this out, the will recede into their shells and just spout trollisms for the rest of the thread.

    In fact, I'm surprised TAM didn't have the first post on this page like he does on every other page at TD.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:16am

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    Why not send out those MPAA guys to the front line....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:16am

    I remember watching "Star Trek V" (the one where they look for god) in a bar in the Philippines the day it opened back in the states. My only thought was, "thank god I didn't pay money to see this dreck."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:22am

    Hypocrisy squared

    Note from the original link

    "Ironically, The Hurt Locker centers around a friendship between a heroic soldier and a young Iraqi boy who sells pirated DVDs at a U.S. base. "

    Note that The Hurt Locker is one of the films being used in the Us Copyright group scam

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100517/0126489439.shtml

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:22am

    "General stop your soldiers from buying bootlegged DVDS!!!! They should be buying from us!!!"
    "But that's the problem you see. You're not selling them anything. Therefore, they have no choice but to pirate".
    "There's not enough profit in it for us to ship the movies".
    "That still doesn't make sense. And what about what happened with anime in the 80's?"
    "What are you talking about? You know my historical recollection only goes back the last five years".
    "Back in the 80's, there was a huge demand for japanese anime. However, you guys weren't selling it. So they got bootlegged VHS tapes. Eventually you guys caught on, saw the demand, and started selling the anime yourselves. Do the same thing here. Our soldiers want movies, and are willing to buy them from a genuine source".

    "No, we wouldn't make enough money. Better that your soldiers live in a desert, with no access to their homeland's culture, so eventually they end up forgetting what it is they're fighting for. So what if morale goes down, that's for you to sort out".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:36am

    Oh please MPAA, please sue the Department of Defense for streaming thousands of movies and hundreds of TV shows over the [undisclosed location in Southwest Asia] base NIPERNET. That will make for some excellent press coverage.

     

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    bob, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:48am

    The comments and comparisons

    I'm not going to say F*#@ the MPAA.
    Nor am I going to compare them to "This Thing Of Ours" though there are similarities.
    What I can tell you is that when I was in the military the entertainment products we got were years old. So I can't blame the troops for going out and finding more up to date stuff. Hell when I was on ship I received from home VHS tapes of Star Trek The Next Generation. Some times the mail guys would let people know when one of these care packages arrived.

    So go to the MPAA web site and see who the members are and then send a letter to each of them. Let them know that they need to find more productive areas of infringement enforcement and to leave the troops alone.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:49am

    Wait ... are the troops fighting terrorism or supporting it. This is soo confusing. /s

     

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    zaven (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 4:52am

    My brother is currently deployed. I've sent over a copies of a bunch of my movies that he wanted to see but couldn't. I ripped 4 or 5 and put them on a DVD and sent them. If you want to sue me then sue me MPAA. For the record, if he was not deployed he would have just come over to my place and watched them. No lost sale for them, and it gives my brother entertainment. If you don't want us to do stuff like this, send over some movies for the troops MPAA.

     

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    BoloMKXXVIII, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:53am

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    The MPAA does not have a heart, just a big black hole.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 5:10am

    Re: Re:

    Ahem, WHITE hole.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 5:38am

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    "send over some movies for the troops MPAA."

    Why should they, its not like the troops do anything for the MPAA ... oh wait.

     

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    Xanius, May 18th, 2010 @ 5:44am

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    If they could I'm sure the MPAA would just hire their own private army to go around kicking doors in and shooting people for pirating movies.

     

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    Danny, May 18th, 2010 @ 5:55am

    What a missed opportunity

    The MPAA could have really scored some big time good publicity on this. Imagine the faith and good will generated if the MPAA had seen this and actually, better sit down for this, shipped legit copies of American movies to the soldiers.

    It would not have counteracted all the silly shit they've done but it would have helped a lot.

    But of course they would fuck it up by trying to arrage some sort of contract that would result in the US government paying well over the unit price of each DVD.

     

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    Prince Manjee, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:04am

    Really?

    How does the MPAA have the balls to apprach the US Military and ask for anything that would even further lower the quality of life of a US Soldier in a combat zone?? Even the enemy is afraid of doing that or they wouldnt resort to pussy ass suicide bombers and guerrilla warfare... Maybe jack valenti should get off his fat old white ass and learn what it means to be a patriot instead of a profiteer. These sick fucks make me wanna shoot some body and its not the iraqi's. It's these cushy west coast liberal jag off's with there peace and love tree hugging hippy bullshit. "we're artist so we need to be paid" FUCK THAT. These men and women are getting shot at for less than 50K a year and those cocksuckers are in california raking in millions and they have the balls to bitch about what soldiers in a combat zone do?? yet they have no problem filming a movie about it and making millions from the deaths of these soldiers (ie black hawk down). They kept those profits.. at no time did they send money to ease the suffering of the widows of Army Rangers lost in combat or to the poor people of mogadishu (sp?). I for one will happily pirate movies MOE FREQUENTLY after reading this article as my own little personal FUCK YOU to the MPAA amd any elected or appointed official that supports them.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 6:09am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Problem is real service people would do very unHollywood things like shoot back with accuracy.
    Then again, perhaps the MPAA needs a dose of reality in addition to the one US Central Command gave them.

     

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    DH's love child, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:14am

    Still waiting.....

    For the shills to offer their defense of this - all I hear are crickets...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:30am

    WAR: a place where it is legal to shoot people, but illegal to buy a dvd.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 6:30am

    Re: What a missed opportunity

    The MPAA doing something sensible? Are you insane? They patented "silly shit" and "fuck ups", and so they have to keep doing that.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 6:33am

    Re: Really?

    I hate to bring this to you, but Jack Valenti died a few years ago.
    You might want to update your information on the MPAA.
    A. Robert Pisano is now the (interim) Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.

     

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    vastrightwing, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:33am

    Free enterprise wins again

    So the RIAA/MPAA won't do the right thing and they get upset when someone else does? This is what I hear: Soldiers want content, Iraq has content, MPAA has content. MPAA won't fill desire of customers, but Iraq vendors will. Hummm... this sounds very familiar. MPAA/RIAA goes to the government asking them to enforce a strange request to prevent Iraq vendors from selling goods to soldiers. What planet does the RIAA/MPAA come from. On this planet, customers pay for goods and services. Both parties benefit. On the planet the MPAA/RIAA comes from, customers are forced to do what they want, only the RIAA/MPAA benefits.

     

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    Government Issue Joe, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:37am

    A classic case!

    Hey MPAA!
    Did you ever consider that the US military in the field has other things to worry about?

    Just food for thought.

     

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    chris (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 6:40am

    Re:

    WAR: a place where it is legal to shoot people, but illegal to buy a dvd.

    from apocalypse now:
    We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes because it's obscene!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re: Really?

    new face... same cock sucking skills... ur point? who runs it is aside from the point that was being made.. essentially who ever is in that position is a cock sucking bastard for even pushing this issue. But good for you getting that bit of wikipedia knowledge inserted in this techdirt. we are all impressed.

     

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    Not That Chris (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 6:49am

    How long...

    before the MPAA uses this to try and posit that bootleg DVD sales are contributing to terrorism? Or have they already and I'm just late to the party?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:01am

    Pirate for life

    I will NEVER purchase a movie legit AGAIN. Fucksticks.

     

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    I'm A Mac and Windows 8 was my idea, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:06am

    Indeed.

    Whenever a company has a viable business model and IP to back it up, the only response is to force the company into submission by any means possible.

    Look at Toyota as an example. It's quite possible that they had a superior "green energy" platform and system in place. Then Government Motors (GM), Chrysler, and Ford needed more time, even though they got $24B, so they told DoT to go thru their problems with a fine tooth comb.

    It's interesting when we see alternative industries look to simplistic government enforcement solutions like that the MPAA and RIAA uses instead of licensing technology.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:06am

    Re: Pirate for life

    THANK YOU! We need more people that are willing to stand up like this and in a non violent way protest this garbage. peaceful non compliance.. or non violent non cooperation... it worked for ghandi and MLK Jr

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Really?

    Are you serious?

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 7:26am

    Re: What a missed opportunity

    They would have gotten the movies only to find they only worked in different zone-part of the world ...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:27am

    Re: Re: (chris)

    from apocalypse now:
    We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "fuck" on their airplanes because it's obscene!


    I am sorry to inform you sir, you have used this line from a copyrighted work.

    We insist you take this down ASAP or pay us $2,000 for every person on the world wide

    interwebs that could have read this or saw it in a series of tubes somewhere.

     

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    Mark, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:30am

    Appropriate Response

    In support of the troops, there should be a nationwide boycott of movies this Memorial Day.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:31am

    Re: Re: Re: (chris)

    Please make the check out the the jack "off" valenti foundation to ease the suffering of rich white people in hollywood who have had to limit their number of vacation homes to 5 since the failure of the economy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:36am

    Re:

    http://moraleweb FTW!

    sent from my undisclosed location

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:37am

    Re: Appropriate Response

    I say take it a step further. A nation wide major studio PIRATE on memorial day. They cant lock up the entire US population for piracy can they? In fact I say post Iron Man 2 for everyone to download... then burn it to DVD and mail it to a soldier in Iraq (or address it to the USO in c/o our service men and women stationed there). That would send those "fucksticks" in hollywood a message. I dare them to take me to court and have me say in front of a jury I did it for the soldiers... how much you wanna bet i WONT get a guilty verdict?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:37am

    Re: Re:

    Er mediaweb... tend to forget when it's bookmarked.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:40am

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    BRAVO SIR! And we all wish your brother a safe return home.

     

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    Ccomp5950 (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 7:46am

    My experience in Iraq

    When I was there, the booths were setup with screen recordings of movies that were just in theaters. They were horrible quality mostly but it was nice to have a little piece of your home culture even if sometimes it was accompanied by Hindi / Arabic subtitles.

    The small post exchange that was on the main base in Iraq (Camp Victory / Baghdad) would run out of movies within a day of shipment coming in, what would be left would be the "60's classics!" bundles and "Friends Season 47" for $120.

    The shops sold DVD's that usually contained 2 movies on 1 DVD for a dollar, and then customs didn't care as long as you didn't bring more than 2 copies of the same DVD back into the country, which is who the MPAA will be hitting up next to enforce their ideals. Look for a story about customs being tasked (Hrm: ACTA perhaps?)

     

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    Prince Manjee, May 18th, 2010 @ 7:58am

    Re: Re: Really?

    I stand corrected sir. Jack Valenti is in fact dead and has been replaced. And instead of replying twice @ ANON You are correct that was more to the point I was making... more or less. I find this whole situation disgraceful. Those are men and women giving their lives (this has not been a zero casualty war)... I repeat GIVING THEIR LIVES for all of us (including those MPAA jerks). Instead of paying a lawyer from Jener and Bloc $2500 an hour to have an intern write a letter, why not send 1000 DVD's to our soldiers in iWreck.. They don't need to pirate what you gave away for free and you get great PR for supporting the service men and women. But no you dishonor them by calling them Pirate and Thieves... shame on you MPAA. Why don't don't you call them baby killer's while you're at it?

     

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    Joel (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 8:01am

    Re: Re: Re: (chris)

    He quoted, that doesn't count. lol

     

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    Joel (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 8:04am

    Re: My experience in Iraq

    Season 47...lol +2 points for you, I'm glad you are back and safe!

     

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    Joel (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 8:07am

    Easy way...

    There is a very easy way to solve this problem, have the MPAA/RIAA send their own army to Iraq and Afghanistan...How low can these people stoop?? I agree with the boycott lets try to get this up on the news or something because I don't think there would be anyone that would go against this, can we find support with a major movie star?

     

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    ElijahBlue (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 8:14am

    Dear MPAA:

    You fucksticks can go to hell. I was a revenue-generating customer who believed sincerely in paying for movies. No more. Fuck all of you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 8:38am

    Re: What a missed opportunity

    who there now, that'd be a charge per potentizl viewer not per dvd. Jeez stop trying to steal from the MPAA members.

     

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    haiku, May 18th, 2010 @ 8:43am

    Maybe it's time for a cruise missile to suffer a glitch that results in the precision destruction of the MPAA offices ?

     

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    NullOp, May 18th, 2010 @ 8:48am

    Greed

    Seems there is no end to the greed of the Hollywood moneychangers. Leave the media on the shelves!!!

     

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    JustMe (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 8:57am

    When I was deployed in the late 80s

    We had a large number of Hollywood movies to watch. Shane with Allan Ladd (1953), Westward Ho the Wagons! (1956) and Harvey (1950) to name just a few. You may notice that none of these were particularly current. We would have loved to watch something from the 60s. There was a fleet rumor that someone had once seen a movie from the 70s, but it was never proven.

    Thanks Hollywood, for not helping our troops.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 8:59am

    Re: My experience in Iraq

    The shops sold DVD's that usually contained 2 movies on 1 DVD for a dollar, and then customs didn't care as long as you didn't bring more than 2 copies of the same DVD back into the country, which is who the MPAA will be hitting up next to enforce their ideals.
    Customs can kiss my ass too. There's a lot of stuff we brought back hidden in an empty panel of a Fire Control computer (weapons system). "What, You want to look in there? Sorry, you don't have a top-secret clearance."

     

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    Run like the Turtle, May 18th, 2010 @ 9:01am

    After news reports of soldiers leaving huge poppy fields and drug houses untouched because the soldiers weren't there to combat narcotics, only to find out the MPAA wants them to combat bootleg movies instead. Good to see priorities are in order. Heh.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 9:02am

    Re:

    Hmmmm, maybe the MPAA is on to something. Soldiers stop buying bootleg DVDs, funding for terrorims stops, war ends. They are geniouses. Oh, and it will save corn farmers as well. Twofer!

     

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    nasch (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 9:02am

    Re: Still waiting.....

    Yeah, Technoretarded was all over that other thread. Maybe he decided to go somewhere else.

     

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    DH's love child, May 18th, 2010 @ 9:20am

    I have an idea...

    Let's recruit the entire roster of *AA lawyers to active front line duty. they can do minesweeps and check for car bombs. Perhaps then they'd be doing something USEFUL for their country...

     

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    DH's love child, May 18th, 2010 @ 9:29am

    Re: Re: Still waiting.....

    Yeah.. I've noticed that the TAM and AC shills are actually smart (or more likely SCARED) enough by this topic to keep their stupid ass mouths shut for once.

     

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    drkkgt (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: My experience in Iraq

    If it flies, it dies.

     

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    Vik, May 18th, 2010 @ 10:09am

    USCC - MPAA

    MPAA could not get any lower than this. They are just trying to justify their existence.
    On less serious note,
    USCC is well aware that MPAA is a bunch of p*$$y Clowns.

     

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    mike allen (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re:

    It used to be the case that the latest movies were shipped to troops on active service FREE NO CHARGE COST ZERO. Because the industry were PATRIATES Now they are a bunch of money sucking scum buckets. and traitors each and every one.

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 10:50am

    well, its not quite as simple as they told MPAA to go pound sand which is kind of the direction this article is trying to lean to.

    if you read the entire document what it actually says is more along the lines of no, we arent going to do anything MORE than we are already doing and no, we are not going to disallow troops to visit local stores simply because they may be selling bootlegs (for the previously specified reasons).
    bootlegs are confiscated upon return from overseas and packages are already inspected for contraband (which bootlegs are) and said contraband is confiscated when found).

    oh, and the memo points out that any disciplinary action taken against servicemen for possessing bootleg copies of something is up to their commanding officer.
    -so basically no one is going to get busted for this type of stuff anyway.


    The military is not saying they endorse bootlegs, what they are saying is that they already have something in place to deal with it so the MPAA can go suckit.

    a slight but important difference.

     

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    Chucklebutte (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 11:03am

    Actually

    there is very little of this going on. There is no need for soldiers to buy anything bootlegged, the armed forces over in Iraq and Crapistan already have everything they want. My friends are over there one in marines other in army, both have access to massive multi terabyte servers jam crammed with everything from all genres of music to all movies and games, all pirated, all placed there by other soldiers, all access it.

    So why are they being accused of buying bootleg anything? My friend in the marines said it best "The US Armed Forces is the biggest pirate I have ever seen".

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 11:18am

    Re: Actually

    "The US Armed Forces is the biggest pirate I have ever seen".


    Actually, I think the situation in the armed forces is a great case to illustrate the idiocy of the "lost sale" theory.

    Unless the military has changed the pay-scale a great deal since the 1980's, my experience leads me to believe that the immense store, and use of "pirated" media your friend describes has caused zero lost sales.

     

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    Anonymous Hamster, May 18th, 2010 @ 12:20pm

    Military Contract & Taxation

    The military and the film industry have always had an amicable relationship. The awareness this generated is all part of their long term strategy. The MPAA is angling for a military contract and feels they deserve one given how morale is a large part of the equation. Just imagine how much money that would net the industry. It would also act as a stepping stone towards what they ultimately want, but know it is far too early to push for; a new entertainment tax similar to the levy in Canada, only much more broad, encompassing not only hardware (which they've recently been granted more control over) but things such as internet connectivity as well. Mark my words, it is only a matter of time.

     

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    Alan Gerow (profile), May 18th, 2010 @ 1:02pm

    Concerns of the USCC:

    1. Minimizing loss of human life
    2. Keeping troops safe & happy in crappy circumstances
    3. Winning a war
    4. DVD piracy

    Um, one of these things is not like the others.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 2:53pm

    Re: Pirate for life

    you never bought one before. maybe your parents will, but your allowance wont add up to enough to buy anything anyway. let us know in 4 or 5 years when you graduate high school what you are going to do with your mcmoney.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2010 @ 4:46pm

    Re: Re: Pirate for life

    Adorable!

     

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    jacob-a, May 18th, 2010 @ 9:54pm

    Re: Actually

    no, not really, just got back from Afghanistan six months ago, those 'multi-terabyte' servers you mention are very uncommon.

     

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    jacob-a, May 18th, 2010 @ 10:16pm

    To Clarify

    I returned from Afghanistan in December, I averaged 3 or 4 bootlegs a week. I did it not to save money, but because AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange Service) didn't sell new release movies and we didn't have access to a movie theater. Since there is zero availability of legitimate popular movies, where is the MPAA's interest in combating downrange piracy at all?

     

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    jacob-a, May 18th, 2010 @ 10:33pm

    fact checking

    Techdirt, try to get your facts straight. The document states that the American Embassy in Iraq, not CENTCOM was contacted by the MPAA concerning the sale of pirated media on embassy grounds, according to the memo MNF-I, (Multi-National Forces-Iraq, a subordinate command of CENCTOM) the originator of the memo was never asked about the sale of pirated media, much less asked to stop it. The purpose of the memo (as stated in the first paragraph: Purpose) was to prepare the public affairs desk to answer possible questions from the MPAA, not to answer those already asked.

     

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    Marcel de Jong (profile), May 19th, 2010 @ 4:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Really?

    Oh wow, now I got an ad hominem attack from an industry person. I feel so honoured.
    Instead of insulting us, why not try to converse with us?
    You know, talk to your customers.

    Piracy doesn't need to be an issue, if the industry folks were just willing to think about it or talk to their customers about it.
    Then they'd learn that:
    1) locking everything up behind perpetual copyright won't solve anything, but rather, it would annoy fans.
    2) the cd are overpriced for many people, and that by lowering the prices they might actually compete with free.
    3) piracy isn't the industry's biggest threat, it's their own actions against piracy that's causing their industry the most harm, as they are alienating a lot of people who could've been their biggest fans. Causing schoolkids to go bankrupt may make some (weird) sense in the extremely short term, but in the long term that doesn't make any business sense. Those who are bankrupt have no money to spend on media, and their friends are much less likely to support an artist whose label caused their friends to go bankrupt.
    4) suing fans actually causes the opposite from what they were trying to achieve.
    5) that customers get annoyed when they are being accused of being thieves when they legally bought a dvd. (the totally bogus and very misleading "You wouldn't steal a car" promo) which aren't on the pirated copies.
    6) if they were to focus on adding value for customers instead of trying to gain/keep control, they'd actually be able to keep more money.
    7) DRM schemes don't work, and only cost money. Money that they'd then be able to use for more useful projects such as promotion.
    8) video clips act as a promotional tool, and are not a given cash cow.
    9) people only have so much money to spend on media, and in a recession period, they tend to spend less on media and more on stuff like food. You know, the really useful stuff.

    But listening isn't the best quality of the record and motion picture industry.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 19th, 2010 @ 5:18am

    Re: fact checking

    Oh ... well that changes everything.

     

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    chris (profile), May 19th, 2010 @ 1:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: (chris)

    OH NOES!

     

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    Joe, Aug 26th, 2010 @ 8:20pm

    Navy Customs

    Even though you can buy copious amounts of bootlegs, good luck getting them through US Navy customs. Maybe I just got a bad egg, but that lady that searched my crap wouldn't budge at ALL when I wanted to keep my DVD's. I guess that's my fault for not mailing them home before I got to customs. All 7 Seasons of The Office ($35), down the drain :(. Oh well, lesson learned.

    One thing about the Iraqi shop we had in Basrah, called Dell Boy's, they had new shipments come in every week. They very regularly had movies that hadn't even been released in theaters in the US. Man I miss those guys...

     

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    Ben, Aug 26th, 2010 @ 9:44pm

    I am sorry that my buying pirated movies gets on the nerves of the MPAA. However, I need something to do in my off time. I have some and as much fun as it is to sit here and stare at the ceiling sometimes I just wanna relax with my buddies and watch a movie that people in the states are raving about. At least this way I can have a taste of home.

     

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    Keith, Aug 27th, 2010 @ 7:18pm

    MPAA greed

    To the spineless lawyers and greeding shits that complained to command about our fighting men/women buying black market movies.Go stuff yourselfs. I would love to shove an IED up your asses and light the fuse. you people make me sad to be an American, fuck all of you

     

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