DVD Copying Software The New Worldwide Boston Strangler For MPAA
from the overstepping-their-bounds? dept
The Motion Picture Association of America seems to be jumping across the pond into legal issues in the UK. They’re trying to ban the sale of DVD copying software from 321 Studios. This is the same software that the MPAA is trying to ban in the US, as well. The software is clearly designed just to allow people to make backup copies of their DVDs, and not to run some sort of huge pirating operation. I’m quite sure that real pirating operations have much more sophisticated tools. The only thing banning this software will do is piss off a bunch of people who want to exercise their fair use rights. The article also contains a quote from Jack Valenti, that sounds like it was repeated verbatim (hey, is that copyright infringement?) from his “Boston strangler” testimony against the horrible VCR (which went on to save the movie industry): “No one should be under any illusions about the damage that this dangerous software would do to consumer choice and film-making.” Actually, I think the same could be said about Jack Valenti.